Fins finish with 10 wins; enough for Wannstedt??

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Miami, FL (Sports Network) - kicked a 22-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to lift the Miami to a 23-21 victory over the New York at Pro Player Stadium. The season-finale meant nothing but pride for each team. The (10-6) won their final two games of the season, but were eliminated from playoff contention last week. Miami became the first 10-win team to not make the AFC playoffs since 1986.

"We didn't accomplish what we wanted to. That's not a secret," said head coach Dave Wannstedt. "But [I told those guys] you walk around this town with your head up. Because 10 wins, that's not easy to accomplish under tough conditions, and that's what these guys did."

Wannstedt has come under fire in the past week as the failed to reach the playoffs for the second consecutive season. He is expected to learn his fate this week after a meeting with owner Wayne Huizenga. Wannstedt, who has one year remaining on his contract, has a record of 41-23 during his four-year tenure, but just one playoff victory in that time.

"We said we would get together in the next day or two," Wannstedt said of his meeting with Huizenga. "He'll call me whenever the schedule fits. Players back next year, coaches back next year -- I'm not going to get into that right now. Now is not the time because I don't know anything. Nothing has been determined."

The (6-10), meanwhile, finished the season with two straight losses and suffered through their first losing campaign since 1996. Seven of New York's 10 losses came by seven points or less.

"This was typical of our season," said head coach Herman Edwards. "We played a lot of close games. We had an opportunity to win those games, but we didn't do it."

completed 21-of-29 passes for a career-high 328 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Miami, which swept the season series with New York. added a touchdown run and 73 yards on 20 carries for the , while caught nine passes for a career-best 153 yards with a score.

"We wanted to finish with a sweep of them," Fiedler said. "We wanted to finish with getting our 10 wins and we wanted to finish on a high note and that's exactly what we were able to go out and do."

was solid in defeat for the , completing 22-of-28 passes for 221 yards with a touchdown. added 92 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in defeat.

The scored 14 unanswered points to grab a 21-20 lead and had a chance to take time off the clock late in the fourth quarter after an interception in the end zone by .

The Miami defense forced a quick three-and-out and gave the ball back to the offense at the New York 49 with 2:56 remaining.

Fiedler then engineered the winning drive. He hit Chambers with passes of 11, 11 and 14 yards as Miami marched to the New York nine. After a pair of rushes, Mare came on and drilled the winning kick.

"Winning this game did end the season on a positive note, but it's still disappointing, for us and for our fans, because we are not in the playoffs and we are going home," said linebacker .

The led 20-13 late in the third quarter, but were pinned inside their own 15 after a New York punt. The Miami offense failed to pick up a first down for the first time all game -- other than a kneel-down to end the first half -- and were forced to punt for the first time.

's snap sailed over the head of punter and out of the end zone to give the a safety.

New York then took over at its own 43 after the free kick and drove 57 yards for the go-ahead score. Pennington kept the series alive with a 16-yard pass to on 3rd-and-14, and a 13-yard strike to moved New York to the Miami 19.

Three plays later, Pennington found in the end zone from a yard away. The two-point conversion pass failed twice, as a Miami penalty gave New York a second chance, and the led 21-20 with 8:58 remaining.

The then drove from their own 31 and marched to the New York one-yard line, but a pass from Fiedler to went off the tight end's hands and into the arms of Hobson with 4:06 left.

The , however, could not run out the clock and lost another close one.

"We've been close, but not close enough," Martin said. "Before we always found a way to win. This season, we found a way to lose."

Miami took the opening kickoff and marched 71 yards on 14 plays for a 23-yard field goal by Mare. The drive took nearly 7 1/2 minutes off the clock.

Mare added a 43-yard field goal 15 seconds into the second quarter after Miami's second possession to make it 6-0.

The forced another New York punt and drove 54 yards in six plays for another score. Fiedler started the series with a 21-yard pass to Chambers and Williams capped it with a 16-yard touchdown run for a 13-0 lead with 9:54 left in the opening half.

The finally answered with their first scoring drive. Pennington keyed the seven-play, 80-yard march with a 45-yard pass to and Martin finished it with an eight-yard touchdown run.

Miami then scored for the fourth time in as many first-half possessions when Fiedler connected with Chambers on a 20-yard touchdown pass. The 48-yard drive was set up by a 49-yard kickoff return by .

New York answered with a 36-yard field goal by to pull within 20-10 just 14 seconds before the break. The kick came two plays after an eight-yard touchdown pass from Pennington to Becht was negated by an offensive pass interference penalty against the tight end.

Brien added a 22-yard field goal to cap New York's first series of the second half. The drove inside the Miami 10, but a third-down pass from the four fell incomplete.

The then drove to the New York 11, but a personal foul penalty and two sacks pushed Miami back and Mare missed a 53-yard field goal try.

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