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Despite adversity, Dolphins have grown tighter

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FOXBOROUGH — The first time the Patriots faced Miami, the Dolphins were sliding, and the 27-17 loss at Gillette Stadium Oct 27 marked their fourth straight loss after opening the season 3-0.

Since then, the Dolphins have won four of six, putting themselves in the thick of the competition for the second AFC wild-card spot — the Ravens are also 7-6, but Baltimore won their head-to-head meeting.

Miami has been able to right the ship despite the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin situation, which exploded when the team returned from the loss to the Patriots, and the accompanying madness that followed, with reporters descending on South Florida in droves to discuss bullying and race, and how much the coaching staff knew about the relationship of the two offensive linemen.

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