The formula for the Miami Dolphins to make it to the playoffs has finally been simplified.
All that matters for the remaining two weeks of the NFL regular season is the fact that IF Joe Philbin's team wins its final two games - beating the Bills in Buffalo on Sunday, and then taking care of the Jets at home in the regular season finale - the Dolphins will make a playoff appearance for the first time since 2008.
The math RIGHT NOW is simple. Keep winning and Miami is in because Cincinnati's Sunday night loss to the Steelers puts the Ravens and Bengals on a collision course in the regular season finale where only one AFC North team will be left standing in the playoff equation.
One loss in Baltimore's final games and and Joe Flacco's team officially gets in line behind the Dolphins.
If the Bengals and Dolphins finish 2013 with the same record Miami would own the head-to-head tie breaker with the Bengals because of 22-20 victory over Cincinnati earlier in the season.
That formula could become complicated if a third team (say the Chargers) has an identical record. But that would require the Chargers to win its final two, and the Dolphins to lose one.
The only way things could get messy for Miami is IF the Dolphins somehow, someway drop the ball against its two AFC East opponents.
That could easily happen this Sunday against the Bills (5-9), which stole a 23-21 victory over Miami earlier this season when they forced Ryan Tannehill to fumble late in the fourth quarter and kicked a game-winning field goal off the turnover.
And everyone knows the Jets (6-8) would love to play spoiler to Miami's possible playoff season.
Therefore, the journey isn't done, but the goal South Florida's NFL franchise has been striving to reach since April is right in front of them, within the team's grasp.
Win and you're in! And considering the Dolphins have already beaten the Patriots, Colts, Bengals there's a pretty good chance the Dolphins could be favored in the first-round of the playoffs, especially considering how well Philbin's team has been playing since mid-November.
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