Jubilant to be 3-0 for the first time in 11 years, the Miami Dolphins doused coach Joe Philbin in the locker room with a bucket of icy sports drink.
The players believe they're practicing for celebrations to come.
Surprising Miami rallied Sunday with a 75-yard touchdown drive in the final 5 minutes, scoring with 38 seconds to go to beat the Atlanta Falcons 27-23.
The three-game start is the best by Miami since 2002, and never mind that those Dolphins didn't make the playoffs.
''We have a special team,'' receiver Brian Hartline said. ''Expectations will continue to rise, and high expectations bring out the best in you. We welcome it.''
Backup tight end Dion Sims, a rookie, made a one-handed catch of Ryan Tannehill's 1-yard pass for the decisive touchdown.
''Awesome,'' Sims said of his first NFL score. ''Amazing.''
Atlanta led 10-0 and 20-10 and lost despite advantages of 24-16 in first downs, 377-285 in yards, 5-0 in sacks and 37-23 in time of possession minutes.