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Dolphins vs. Patriots 2012: Reaction to Miami's sour ending

The Miami Dolphins looked lifeless in their season finale against the New England Patriots Sunday.

Jared Wickerham

The Miami Dolphins were flat in all aspects of the game in their 28-0 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday, as the team wrapped up its fourth consecutive losing season by getting shutout for the first time since 2010.

Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 20-of-35 passes for 235 yards and an interception; however, he was constantly under pressure and was sacked a career-high seven times.

The team even came short of reaching the small victories on Sunday, as Reggie Bush ended the day 13 yards short of 1,000 rushing yards.

The defense also struggled to get pressure on Tom Brady, which allowed him to put up big numbers.

With no playoff appearance for another season, the writers at The Phinsider assess what comes next for the team.

The Dolphins now enter the offseason coming off their fourth straight losing season, the first time they have done that since their first four seasons in the league. The team clearly has needs that have to be targeted this offseason, and the debate for that will start immediately.

In the coming days, we will also look back at the season and realize that a 7-9 season, in which we developed a rookie quarterback with minimal dynamic weapons around him, as well as a rookie head coach, was not as bad as it feels today. But, for now, today sucks.

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