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Miami Wins on Last-Second Safety

The Miami Dolphins did the unthinkable more than once on Sunday.

Not only did they beat the Minnesota Vikings on a safety - yes, I said a safety - with 41 seconds to go in the game Sunday, but owner Stephen Ross also announced that he was going to keep Head Coach Joe Philbin around for a fourth season, negating the rumors of the past week suggesting the head of the team was in trouble after missing yet another postseason berth.

The Dolphins may have won on Sunday - more on that in a second - but they were mathematically eliminated from a shot at the playoffs based on the success of the other teams ahead of them vying for the AFC Wild Card Spot.

Still, that didn't override the feelings of joy the Fins players felt after the closing-minute victory over Minnesota.

In what turned out to be the most action-packed quarter in arguably the entire NFL is season (with 41 combined points), the Miami Dolphins came back, battled a huge error and had a little luck on their side to pull out the 37-35 win at Sun Life Stadium.

Miami went up eight, 28-20, after a Ryan Tannehill to Mike Wallace touchdown with 6:39 left on the clock. Unfazed, rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater led a five-play, 60-yard drive that took less than two minutes off the clock, and the ensuing two-point conversion attempt was good to tie the game.

Minnesota then kicked off, and what happened next is also one of the unthinkable moments of the day. With the game now tied, Jarvis Landry fumbled the return, and Minnesota recovered on the 5-yard line. One play later, the Vikings broke the plane for the second time in 11 seconds, putting them up seven, 35-28.

With the ball back yet again, Tannehill led a steady charge down the field that ended with the most improbable of endings. After being sacked for a loss of 13 yards and forcing a 2nd and 23 play with 1:36 remaining at the Minnesota 27, Tannehill connected with Mike Wallace for a 14-yard gain, and then two consecutive penalties from the Vikings gave Miami a 1st down and goal situation at the 3. Damien Williams punched it in to tie the game yet again at 35 a piece.

After Minnesota failed to gain a first down, they were set to punt the ball back to Miami from their own end zone. That's when rookie Terrence Fede recorded one of the best plays of the season, blocking the punt and forcing the ball to go out of the end zone, resulting in a game-winning safety for the Miami Dolphins.

That's certainly something you don't see every day.

This was the fifth Miami game this season to be decided by four points or less, and of those five, only two have gone the Fins’ way in the win column.

Miami now ends the season this Sunday against the New York Jets, a team they held on to beat by three points back in Week 13. Philbin’s job may now be secure, but the Fins want to go out on top, and there’s no better place to end the season than at home. Come see the Dolphins take on their division rival to end their 2014 NFL campaign courtesy of MiamiDolphinsTickets.com, your No. 1 place on the Internet for Miami Dolpins tickets and Miami Dolphins ticket packages!