Pick the play that could've won Sunday. Any play. This is the hobby of the past dozen Dolphins years. You can pick Carolina's fourth-and-10 completion on its final drive. You can pick Caleb Sturgis' missed 53-yard field goal.
I will pick the play just before halftime, when the Carolina offense came to the line to find the Dolphins secondary was setting up in a galaxy far, far away.
"And then they rushed six, I think,'' Carolina center Ryan Kalil said.
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Which meant …
"The middle of the field was just wide open,'' receiver Brandon LeFell said.
That led to a 29-yard Carolina completion, a field goal with a one second left and Carolina entering halftime not beaten down after as good a half as the Dolphins can play but buoyed by the last-second heroics to pull within 16-6.
"Just to get some points there in a stingy game like this … huge,'' Carolina quarterback Cam Newton said.
What were Dolphins coaches thinking with that strategic blunder? Because I know what I was thinking. I was thinking of the movie Groundhog Day, where Bill Murray relives the same day to the point he says, "What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today."
What if there is no next season? There wasn't one this season. It's the same season again and again and again and again and ...
"We've got to learn how to win these games,'' defensive tackle Jared Odrick said in Sunday's quiet locker room.
Didn't Jason Taylor say that forever?
"We've got to develop a killer instinct,'' Mike Wallace said.
Wasn't that a go-to line for Daunte Culpepper?
Besides, what Wallace still needs to develop is some chemistry with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. A lot of people are going to be on Tannehill, and with valid reason, for under-throwing Wallace twice and overthrowing him once and getting one touchdown out of it.
That doesn't even get into the desperate heave in the final seconds where Wallace got turned around a couple of times and saw the ball go through his fingers. Yes, another play that could've been the difference.
But Tannehill made so many good throws Sunday, kept so many plays alive, that you hope he isn't run out of town before developing into a good quarterback. He's on his way. It's just a question if gets there before the walls collapse.
"He made some incredible throws,'' Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly said.
And he made some throws that show he's not there. Late in the fourth quarter, Wallace cut across a wide-open middle. Tannehill threw to where he was going. And Wallace stopped. The ball that should've been carried into the end zone.
And so there was yet another play that could've decided Sunday in a locker room full of them. You want more?
"I didn't touch him,'' safety Reshad Jones said after being flagged for a late hit on Newton on Carolina's winning drive.
"I thought it was the right call — but you'd expect that, wouldn't you?'' said Kuechly after breaking up a Dolphins touchdown pass and seeing a penalty flag for a helmet-to-helmet hit picked up.
Oh, the Dolphins remain in the chase for the final playoff spot with five other 5-6 teams. But when you can't score points, when you're the only team in the league to not score 28 points in any game this year, no one's overdoing the Dolphins' hope.
It wasn't enough for Newton to douse the Dolphins' hope. He also did a tribute to LeBron James by high-stepping as he pumped his arms after scoring a touchdown like the Heat star does.
He then stepped outside the locker room and saw the Shula family. There was Don, the legend and sons Dave and Mike, the Carolina offensive coordinator, with their families.
"Hey, let's get a picture,'' Newton said.
That was Sunday. The opposing star did imitations of and took pictures with South Florida's best. The Dolphins talked of the one play they couldn't get in another season full of them.