Dolphins let spot in playoffs slip
MIAMI — The handshakes and backslaps exchanged in the Dolphins' locker room were gestures of consolation, not celebration, before players quietly slipped out the back door at the end of another disappointing season.
Miami was eliminated from the scramble for the AFC's final wild-card berth with their loss to the Jets, who thrived in the role of spoilers against their archrivals. The Dolphins blew an early lead to complete a December collapse that will keep them out of the playoffs for a fifth straight year.
"It's definitely going to take a little while to get over this one," quarterback Ryan Tannehill said.
Making it worse? Baltimore's loss meant Miami would have made it had it beaten New York.
Geno Smith led three long scoring drives, ran for a touchdown and threw for 190 yards for the Jets and rookie Dee Milliner had two interceptions. Safety Ed Reed, a former college star at Miami, also had a late interception.
"Our record is 8-8, and that's the definition of average," Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes said.