MIAMI (AP) -The landscapers at Dolphin Stadium will be working plenty of overtime for the next week.
In the span of seven days, starting with Thursday night's Orange Bowl, the Miami Dolphins' home stadium will host three big-time football games. And that means nearly around-the-clock painting and landscaping of the field surface will be required.
Plans have long been in place on how to handle the demands of the Orange Bowl and Bowl Championship Series title game between Florida and Oklahoma on Jan. 8.
But then the Dolphins - the worst team in the NFL last season - threw an unexpected wrench in the mix, not only qualifying for the playoffs but winning the AFC East title and securing a home postseason game. Miami will play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon.
diately after the Orange Bowl trophy ceremony ends in the wee hours of Friday morning.
And when the Dolphins finish up on Sunday, it'll be back to work for those same crews, who then will get out gallons and gallons of field paint and start getting ready for the arrival of the Gators and Sooners.
After that, though, they're assured a break, possibly a long one.
Even if the Dolphins win on Sunday, there's no way they could host a playoff game on the weekend of Jan. 10-11, and only a series of upsets (Tennessee and Pittsburgh would both have to lose in the second round) would bring Miami home for an AFC Championship matchup on Jan. 18.

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