The Sun-Sentinel has a breakdown for what needs to happen for the Dolphins to get into the playoffs:
The Dolphins (7-6) remain in the thick of the AFC playoff picture thanks to going 7-3 in the past 10 weeks, and 4-1 in the last five weeks. But the Dolphins are not guaranteed a playoff spot even if they win their remaining three games and finish with a 10-6 record.
It’s complicated, but not impossible. The Fins just need to win, and then hope the Ravens or Patriots lose at least one more game. After that, we start getting into tie-breakers and common opponents and won-lost percentages.
The basis for all this is, of course, math. LAME. Nerds are so practical and boring. I think from now on, we should try figuring out playoff scenarios like they used to in the olden days (I’m talking the mid-1600s). With magic! And don’t scoff. Magic is just as difficult as math — only it’s more fun. A magician has to be able to pull a lost coin from out of your ear. A magician has to be able to make the Statue of Liberty vanish. A magician has to be able to use sleight-of-hand to touch a woman’s breast and then be able afford the best lawyers for the inevitable sexual assault lawsuit. Let’s see you try that, nerds!