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The Splash Zone 1/9/17: Dolphins Season Ends As Team Falls To Steelers 30 - 12

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Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

Well...the Dolphins season is over. The Dolphins could not keep up with the Steelers and made too many mistakes. However, you can't deny that this was a successful season for the team. The Dolphins were expected to be a team below or at .500 and shattered expectations. They did this with an injury plagued roster (Pouncey, Jones, IAQ to IR) but this team never gave up and Adam Gase slowly changed the culture in that locker room. Now the Dolphins have to prove they can remain a consistent team and maybe they can compete in the postseason next year after making some changes during the offseason.

You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day's round-up below.

Game recap: Miami Dolphins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 | Miami Herald
This one will leave a mark. The Dolphins went to Pittsburgh and laid an egg in their first playoff appearance since 2008.

Dolphins At Steelers

Final exam: Grading the Miami Dolphins for their 30-12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers | The Daily Dolphin
Quarterback Matt Moore had done a good job protecting the ball since stepping into the starting lineup. He had eight touchdowns vs. three interceptions heading into Sunday. Along came the Steelers, who forced turnovers on three consecutive possessions straddling halftime, and that was that.

Quick hits: Five takeaways from Dolphins’ 30-12 loss at Pittsburgh | The Daily Dolphin
PITTSBURGH—A stunning season in which the Dolphins surged from 1-4 to a playoff berth ended harshly in the bitter cold this afternoon. The Steelers rocked Miami from the onset and rolled to a 30-12 win in their AFC wild-card game at Heinz Field.

Dolphins' playoff run was brief, but their future is bright - Miami Dolphins Blog- ESPN
The Dolphins overachieved this season despite injuries to players such as Tannehill, and their biggest need going forward might be outside linebacker.

Dolphins vs. Steelers - Game Recap - January 8, 2017 - ESPN
Get a recap of the Miami Dolphins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers football game.

Hyde: Ten thoughts on Dolphins' 30-12 season-ending loss to Steelers - Sun Sentinel
Sunday was cold. It was ugly. And it was the end of the Dolphins season.

Much work to do: Miami Dolphins prove they weren’t ready to compete in the playoffs | Miami Herald
The Miami Dolphins showed that they were a plucky team that tried hard in making the postseason. But ready to succeed in the tournament? Nope.

Consolation prize? Only prize Miami Dolphins want is ‘when we win the Super Bowl’ | The Daily Dolphin
Everybody in the room knew it. Everyone knew exactly how far the Miami Dolphins have come, how they’ve freed themselves of the albatross of not making the playoffs in forever and how they made their 1-4 start this season a distant memory.

Stephen Ross

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross: "Happy with the direction we’re going" | The Daily Dolphin
PITTSBURGH--It was a jarring end to the Dolphins' season with a 30-12 loss at Pittsburgh in their first-round playoff game, but that doesn't tarnish the strides the organization made this year.

Dolphins Offensive Line

Jermon Bushrod unsure if he’s played last Miami Dolphins game | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE — If Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod plays another NFL game, he would like it to be with the Miami Dolphins. But Bushrod isn't certain if he will play another game. "I’ll sit back and think, but I don’t know," Bushrod, 32, said. "This year was fun.

Dolphins Defensive Line

2017 NFL Free Agents: Does Andre Branch love Dolphins enough to stay? | The Daily Dolphin
PITTSBURGH—Dolphins defensive end Andre Branch has never had a season like this. Not only was it one of his best year’s on the field, it was the closest he’s ever felt with the group in his locker room.

Dolphins Offseason

‘Optimism for next year’ could come with significant pitfalls for the Miami Dolphins | Miami Herald
The Miami Dolphins did good this year in returning to the playoffs but now comes the arduous task of turning a one-and-done playoff participant into a team that can actually contend for a championship.

Phinsider News You May Have Missed

The Splash Zone 1/8/17: Dolphins Set To Face Off Against The Steelers In Wildcard Game - The Phinsider
Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

Dolphins at Steelers final score, immediate reactions, and playoff bracket - The Phinsider
The AFC Wildcard round concluded with the Dolphins at Steelers.