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Dolphins winning by any means necessary

DAVIE, Fla. -- Here is something very interesting about the streaking Miami Dolphins: In their last four games, they've won via rookie Kenyan Drake 96-yard kickoff return, linebacker Kiko Alonso's pick-six, quarterback Ryan Tannehill's late touchdown throw, and on Sunday the defense making a goal-line stand.

Good teams find various ways to win, and that has defined the Dolphins (7-4) during their six-game winning streak. Miami has been able to adjust to its respective opponents.

For example, on Sunday the 49ers loaded the box and made a point not to let Dolphins leading rusher Jay Ajayi beat them. Miami adjusted by throwing more, and quarterback Ryan Tannehill produced three passing touchdowns.

"We were kind of talking on the sidelines, we noticed how they were playing early," Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said. "We kind of look at it as a little disrespectful that they don't think we could throw the ball. So that was something we wanted to hit on."

Miami's win streak has the team in control of its own playoff destiny. The Dolphins hold the No. 6 seed and second wild card in the AFC due to a conference record tiebreaker over the reigning Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos (7-4).

The Dolphins have come a long way from their 1-4 start.

"It's exciting to be where we're at right now," Tannehill said. "Obviously you want to be playing meaningful games in December to get yourself to January and February. I'm not surprised because we just kind of stuck to the process. We believed in each other and just kept growing as a football team."