Sunday's win was big, but a win Monday would be even bigger.

Just two minutes and twenty seconds into the third quarter at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday things looked bleak.  The Falcons had just extended their lead to 20-10 after a Matt Ryan touchdown pass, which was set up when Ryan Tannehill was stripped sack deep in his own end.  At that point most Dolphins fans had to think, “well I guess 2-1 is pretty good?”  The Falcons hadn't dominated the game but were certainly in control and you kind of had that feeling that this could be the momentum swing they needed to run away and hide.
            From the outside very few people had faith in a Miami comeback but the players on that Dolphins sideline did, and they came through with their 3rd comeback win of the year.  A Ryan Tannehill touchdown pass to rookie Dion Sims capped the comeback and Miami had put the Falcons and the rest of the league on notice that this team doesn't give up, and they may be pretty good as well.  As they walked off the field after the 27-23 victory enthusiasm was high after beating the best team in the NFC from a year ago, but the celebration didn't last too long as another tough test awaits this week.
While last week’s win was momentous, a win Monday night in New Orleans could be something that changes the direction of this franchise.  Beating the Saints in the Superdome will be no easy task.  Including the playoffs, since the start of the 2009 season the Saints are 20-4 in home games that Sean Payton was the head coach.  This adds up to being one of the most dominant home teams in the league in that time frame.
It’s difficult for any team to go into the Superdome and come out on top, and it’s something the young Dolphins may not be ready for.  Especially coming off such an emotional win over Atlanta.  It’s an old adage in football and all sports that after a big win you have to shake off the hangover from the victory and get back to work.  Which sometimes is easier said then done.  Luckily for Miami the Saints will require all of their attention and then some.  It will take a flawless game this week for the magic in Miami to continue.  That being said most of the experts will be picking the Saints and counting the Dolphins out just like they did in the third quarter against Atlanta on Sunday, and we all know how that turned out.

Billy Dowling
@BDowling33

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