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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Dolphins' top 2013 stories: Nos. 5-6

By James Walker

Taking a look at the key moments of the 2013 season.

On Tuesday, we have moments No. 5 and No. 6.

No. 6: Pouncey’s subpoena

Analysis: It’s been a wild season for Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey. But no day was wilder than his Oct. 27 trip to Foxborough, Mass. for a game against the New England Patriots. First, Pouncey and Miami blew a 17-3 halftime lead by allowing 24 unanswered points to New England in the second half. Then, Pouncey got a surprise visit by Mass. state police when he was handed a subpoena outside the locker room in relation to the Aaron Hernandez investigation. Pouncey traveled back to Massachusetts in December during the practice week to talk to investigators.

No. 5: Dolphins' 3-0 start

Analysis: Despite spending more than $200 million in total contracts, which included more than $100 million guaranteed, most were surprised by Miami’s 3-0 start. The Dolphins jumped out the gate by beating the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons in three consecutive weeks. Many viewed Miami as a contender in the AFC East with this fast start. It also set up a high-profile matchup with the New Orleans Saints on “Monday Night Football.” But a loss to New Orleans started a downward spiral for Miami. The Dolphins lost four straight after their 3-0 start, and hovered around the .500 mark the rest of the season.

On Wednesday, we will have the No. 3 and No. 4 moments of the 2013 season.