MIAMI, NOV. 10 -- A rare victory over a playoff-caliber team made the Miami Dolphins a playoff team.
Miami clinched at least a wild-card berth Sunday night by beating the Philadelphia Eagles, 23-20, in overtime. The triumph was only the Dolphins' second against a team with a winning record at the time of the game.
Pete Stoyanovich's 34-yard field goal with three seconds left forced overtime, and his 39-yarder with 2:28 to go in sudden death ended it.
Miami, which trailed 20-10 with less than six minutes remaining, improved to 10-3 and stayed one game behind AFC East-leader Buffalo. NFL officials today said the Dolphins clinched their first playoff berth since 1985.
"The important thing is we beat a good team that played well," Coach Don Shula said.
The victory was doubly sweet for Shula because of his dislike for Eagles Coach Buddy Ryan, who had his team kick a meaningless last-second field goal in a preseason game against Miami. "He's not my type of guy," Shula said. "He's a guy that I just don't appreciate."
The Eagles (7-6) lost their second straight game after a five-game winning streak.
"If we don't come together and play hard now, we don't get into the playoffs," Eagles tackle Reggie Singletary said. "We're going to learn from this mistake."
Stoyanovich's winner was set up when Eagles punter Jeff Feagles bobbled a bad snap and kicked only 23 yards.