The Miami Dolphins were poised for a deep playoff run in 1997, racing out to a 9-5 record in head coach Jimmy Johnson’s second season.
But Miami lost its final two regular season games — a 41-0 shellacking at Indianapolis and a narrow Monday Night loss at New England. That dropped the Dolphins to a wild card slot, where a return trip to Foxboro ended in a 17-3 defeat.
Quarterback Dan Marino started all 16 games but threw just 16 touchdown passes, his lowest career total for a full season. Miami would make the playoffs again in 1998 and 1999 before Marino retired but didn’t advance past the divisional round.