Dolphins' top 2013 stories: No. 3-4

January, 8, 2014
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We continue to take a look at the key moments of the 2013 season.

On Wednesday, we have moments No. 3 and No. 4.

No. 4: Wake’s overtime sack vs. Cincinnati

Analysis: Rarely does a team win an overtime game with a sack. But to beat a quality playoff team like the Cincinnati Bengals on national television that way was even more rare and Miami picked up one of its best wins of the season with a 22-20 victory over the Bengals at Sun Life Stadium on Halloween night. The Dolphins were expected to lose, considering the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito scandal just happened before this game and the Bengals were hot. But Miami banded together and won in overtime after Wake put a big hit on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in the end zone. This game set the tone for the Dolphins sticking together despite their off-the-field controversy.

No. 3: Michael Thomas' heroics

Analysis: Who was Michael Thomas? A week before Miami’s second meeting against the New England Patriots, Thomas was just a guy on the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad. But injuries during the week forced Miami to claim Thomas, and more injuries during the game had Thomas playing a key role in the forth quarter. Despite only playing scout team during the week, Thomas made two stellar plays on the final drive. First, Thomas knocked the ball out of Patriots receiver Danny Amendola’s hands in in what was a potential touchdown. Then, Thomas picked Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to end the game. Thomas quickly became an overnight success and a national story in Miami. Miami’s win ended a seven-game losing skid against New England.

On Thursday we conclude our list with the top two stories of the 2013 season.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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