The Miami Dolphins have boarded their six hour flight to the west coast as they take on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. This will be the 13th time the Dolphins have travelled to play a west coast team in the 2000’s. Miami is 7-6 on the west coast in the 2000’s.
Miami has been on the west coast in 2012. Week 4 they turned a victory into a loss vs the Arizona Cardinals (side note – that put the Cards at 4-0…they have lost eight straight since…yikes!).
That would have been a long (approx) four hour flight to Arizona, but an excruciating flight home after the loss. A flight home from SF after a loss would be even worse (time-wise). If Miami can pull the upset on Sunday they will be able to fly themselves home (Dolfans will be flying sky-high too if their team can pull the upset).
The ‘Phins have travelled to San Francisco twice in the 2000’s going 1-1.
In 2001 Jay Fiedler and the Dolphins were shut out 21-0 by Jeff Garcia, Garrison Hearst, and the Niners. Fiedler was just 16 for 28 for 149 yards with zero touchdowns and three interceptions. Fiedler was Miami’s leading rusher in that game with 33 rushing yards.
In 2004 A.J. Feeley, Travis Minor, and Chris Chambers led the way in a 24-17 victory at SF. Feeley was just 17 for 33 for 159 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Tim Rattay was the Niners QB in that game.
Eight years later and Miami is back in the city by the bay. Joe Philbin was last in San Francisco in 2006 when he was the offensive line coach for the Green Bay Packers. The most recent time that Philbin faced the 49ers ws 2010, but that was in Green Bay. Philbin has never faced a Jim Harbaugh coached team.
Miami gave away a game already in 2012 on the west coast. If they are going to avoid a fourth straight losing season then they will need to pull this upset. East coast vs west coast. Biggie vs Tupac, and on Sunday Miami vs San Francisco.
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