Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots ReviewBefore today's regular season finale against the New England Patriots, safety Reshad Jones tweeted- "This is for nothing but pride! We are not going out without a fight!"
Turns out, he was exactly right.
In a game in which the Patriots could have clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a win, the Miami Dolphins were able to pull out the upset over their division rivals, 20-10, to close out the 2015 NFL season at Sun life Stadium.
This marked the second week in a row that the Pats missed a chance to clinch the top seed and its accompanying home field advantage with a win - New England also lost last week at the New York Jets in overtime, 26-20, and they will now have the No. 2 seed heading into the playoffs, sitting one spot behind the Denver Broncos.
The victory also marked the third consecutive win for Miami at home against New England.
The Patriots were cautious from the get-go, resting several starters and protecting QB Tom Brady, who threw a season-low 21 passes and did not throw a touchdown pass for the first time all year long.
After each team scored a field goal and missed another in the first half, Ryan Tannehill directed the game's first TD with a 15-yard pass to DeVante Parker with just over :30 seconds to go in the second quarter, giving Miami a 10-3 lead going into halftime.
New England quickly evened the score on their first possession of the second half, however. After trying to establish the run in the early going, Brady came out firing in the third quarter, leading the Pats down the field in just four plays, including a 68-yard reception to James White, that set up a Steven Jackson 2-yard TD run.
Miami scored the go-ahead touchdown with 6:58 remaining in the game when Tannehill hit Jordan Cameron for a 2-yard strike, and then the home team added an additional cushion when Andrew Franks connected on a 19-yard field goal late in the contest.
While Miami was able to score the game's final 10 points, New England never made it out of their own territory for the remainder of the game after their initial TD to start the half.
Tannehill finished the season 25-of-38 for 350 yards and a pair of TDs, while Parker totaled 106 yards in the season finale.
Miami now begins another crucial offseason for the team - owner Stephen Ross fired GM Dennis Hickey just one day prior to the season's last game, and the team will be seeing wholesale changes in the 2016 offseason. Stay tuned here at MiamiDolphinsTickets.com for all the latest updates and news!