Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
It was a true heart-breaker on Sunday when the Miami Dolphins lost to the Green Bay Packers with only six seconds left in the game.
While the team was going up against one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, it still didn't provide much of a solace to the fact that the Dolphins had the game in their hands and all they had to do was make one stop several times on the last drive in order to seal the victory. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. Now, with that taste still fresh in their mouths, how hard is it going to be for them to recover from this?
“We talked a little bit in the team meeting," Joe Philbin said. "We said look, ‘We’ve got to be tougher than that mentally.’ Really, as we all know, obviously it takes tremendous physical skill to be an NFL football player, but, once you get there, a lot of it is mental. So all of us, myself included, we all have to get back to work. This is an important game and we have to play well.”
Mike Wallace said that he' still upset about the loss but knows he has to move on starting today because a new game plan will come in and he will have to put all his energy into that.
"During practice, I was still kind of upset that we lost the game, still thinking about it. But once tomorrow comes, we’ve got a new game plan, we’ve got to let it go. It’s tough to lose those type of games, but we’ve got to move forward. We’ve got 11 more games left. We’ll be fine. All losses linger for a day or two, but, like I said, once tomorrow comes and we really start practicing our game plan, I think we’ll be fine. I think we’ll forget about it. We can’t dwell on the past, good or bad, you just have to keep moving forward. We have a new task this week and that’s the Chicago Bears.”
Reshad Jones put it best when he said that it was a tough loss but they have to move on because if they don't, they will allow the Packers to beat them twice in two weeks.
“It was a tough loss, but we don’t want to let Green Bay beat us twice. We want to put that behind us right now and continue to move on. I think we seem pretty good right now. We’re one game behind in the division. We’ve just got to continue to just grind and fight. Nobody said it’s going to be easy. We just have to continue to work and come out ready to play.”
Philbin recognizes that no matter how hard it might be to watch the tape and no matter how hard it might be to break things down because of how close they were to winning, he knows that it has to be done.
“We’re 2-3. We’ve only earned two wins. You’ve got to earn victories. I can sit here and say we should be this and should be that, but the facts are we played well enough to win two games. So that’s all we deserve, really. We’ve got to be honest. We’ve got make the corrections that need to be made from the game and we’ll do that tomorrow morning and then we have to turn the page and get ready to play a very good Chicago football team. Each game, you invest a lot into each one particular game, but you can’t linger on that game. We’re one play away from a different outcome. That outcome didn’t go our way. We didn’t make that one play. They did. But now we’ve got to get ready for the next team and go forward.”