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Dolphins Open At Browns; Host Falcons In Home Opener

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Miami will make three prime time appearances in 2013.



Big moves in free agency combined with some promising performances last year by their younger players has set up the Miami Dolphins for an intriguing 2013 season, and the NFL’s schedule makers seem to agree.

Miami will play under the lights on national television three times, with two of those games on the iconic Monday Night Football broadcast. Both Monday night games are on the road, at the New Orleans Saints on September 30th at 8:40 p.m., and at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 11th, also at 8:40 p.m. The Cincinnati Bengals will come to Sun Life Stadium against the Dolphins on Halloween Night (October 31st) for some Thursday Night Football on NFL Network at 8:25 p.m.

But before any of those primetime games take place, the Dolphins will experience a little déjà vu going back to 2010 when they opened the season with back-to-back road games. Miami actually started out 2-0 that year with road wins at the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings.

They begin at the Cleveland Browns on September 8th at 1 p.m., and follow that up with a trip back to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on September 15th to face the Colts and quarterback Andrew Luck, also at 1 p.m. Indianapolis is the team linebacker Philip Wheeler began his career with.

“The coaches, players, staff and organization look forward to the challenges and opportunities that the 2013 season will present,” said Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin. “We are excited to kick off against the Cleveland Browns on September 8 and look forward to the support of our loyal fans throughout the 2013 season.”

Cornerback Brent Grimes will be fired up for the Dolphins’ home opener on September 22nd at Sun Life Stadium against the Atlanta Falcons, his former team, at 4:05 p.m., before heading to the Big Easy to face the Saints. Then it’s linebacker Dannell Ellerbe’s turn to wax nostalgic on October 6th when the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens come to town for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Miami’s bye week falls on October 13th in Week 6, and then it’s time for the first of consecutive games within the AFC East against the Buffalo Bills at home at 1 p.m. A trip to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., to meet the New England Patriots is set for the following Sunday, October 27th, at 1 p.m., and then it’s a short four-day turnaround with the Bengals game up next.

There is a 10-day break before Miami travels upstate for the Monday night showdown with the Buccaneers and then they return to Sun Life Stadium for home games with the San Diego Chargers on November 11th and the Carolina Panthers on November 24th, both at 1 p.m.

The Dolphins head back up north for a division battle with the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on December 1st at 1 p.m., a homecoming of sorts for tight end Dustin Keller. After that, wide receiver Mike Wallace heads back to Pittsburgh to see his former team the Steelers at Heinz Field on December 8th at 1 p.m.

Finally, in keeping with the league’s desire to keep fan interest high late in the season, Miami’s last three games are all within the division. The Patriots come to Sun Life Stadium on December 15th at 1 p.m., then the Dolphins travel to upstate New York to take on the Bills on December 22nd at 1 p.m., before closing out the regular season back at Sun Life Stadium against the Jets.

The last time the Dolphins and Jets ended the season at Sun Life Stadium was on New Year’s Day in 2012, a 19-17 Dolphins victory. That also happened to be Jason Taylor’s final game in a Miami uniform.

Flexible scheduling will be used in Weeks 11-17. In Weeks 11-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 29. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.

Miami's preseason schedule mirrors the regular-season one in that the team goes on the road for the first three games, starting with the Pro Football Hall-of-Game game against the Dallas Cowboys at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio on August 4th at 8 p.m. That game will be broadcast nationally on NBC. From there it's on to Everbank Field in Jakcsonville to take on the Jaguars on a Friday night, August 9th,at 7:30 p.m., and eight days later the Dolphins head to Houston to face the Texans at Reliant Stadium on August 17th, at 7:30 p.m. The last two preseason games are at Sun Life Stadium against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on August 24th and against the New Orleans Saints on August 29th, both at 7:30 p.m.

Fans can purchase tickets for all 10 home games at Sun Life Stadium through season tickets by calling 1-888-FINS-TIX (1-888-346-7849) or visiting Dolphins.com. Miami Dolphins season tickets start at just $34 per ticket per game in the upper bowl and just $75 in the lower bowl. With a season ticket membership, fans receive an average savings of 43% off the online ticket prices and they also receive exclusive access, experiences and savings. Club seat memberships are available starting at $160 per ticket per game. Partial Season Ticket Plans, featuring the choice of 3 games, will also go on sale April 25th.

Starting April 25, fans interested in purchasing individual game tickets can do so by visiting www.Dolphins.com or www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-888-FINS-TIX. By purchasing tickets through the Dolphins and NFL websites, fans can trust that they are purchasing official tickets while also enjoying unique team-based rewards when they register for Fin Club, a FREE loyalty program of the Miami Dolphins.

Dolphins’ fans can also purchase 2013 season tickets at two unique and interactive community events in connection with the upcoming NFL Draft and the debut of the team’s logo and uniform at the 2013 Draft Party on Thursday, April 25 and the second annual Fin Fest, Saturday, April 27. Both events are presented by Melanoma Exposed ™ and AT&T. Admission and parking for both events are FREE at Sun Life Stadium. For more information, visit www.Dolphins.com.

All Dolphins home and away games can be heard on WBGG-FM (Big 105.9) and WINZ-AM (940 – The Sports Animal), the flagship stations of the Miami Dolphins Radio Network, Dolphins.com and throughout South and Central Florida on the more than 12 stations that make up The Miami Dolphins Radio Network. In addition to the game broadcasts, a two-hour pregame and a two-hour postgame show rounds out “Dolphins Game Day Live” coverage on WBGG, WINZ, the Miami Dolphins Radio Network and Dolphins.com. Dolphins games will be heard in Spanish on The Miami Dolphins Spanish Radio Network with a Miami / Fort Lauderdale Flagship Station being announced soon.
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