The Dolphins had lost Dan Marino for the season with a ruptured Achilles' tendon in an October game in Cleveland. Still, though, Don Shula, with a combination of three quarterbacks--Scott Mitchell, Steve DeBerg and Doug Pederson-- guided his team to 9-2. However, it seemed the quarterback carriage turned into a pumpkin after a Thanksgiving miracle win in Dallas (the Cowboys' Leon Lett touched a seemingly game-ending blocked Pete Stoyanovich field goal attempt downfield, making the ball live. The Dolphins recovered and made the ensuing game-ender to win 16-14). The Dolphins needed one win in the final five games to reach the playoffs. After going 0-4, it came down to a game in Foxboro against the 4-11 Patriots and rookie quarterback Drew Bledsoe. The Dolphins scored 17 fourth-quarter points to force overtime, but Bledsoe hit Michael Timpson with a 36-yard touchdown pass--Bledsoe's fourth of the day in what was his NFL coming-out party--to make the Dolphins' collapse complete.