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Dolphins Fall to Patriots

When you play a team like the New England Patriots, you not only have to bring your ‘A’ game, but you also have to play virtually mistake-free.

Unfortunately for the Miami Dolphins, it was those costly miscues that kept them from defeating the New England Patriots, as they fell to their division rivals 23-16 Sunday at Sun Life Stadium. With the win, which was the Pats’ fifth in a row against Miami and sixth consecutive this season, New England clinched the division for the fourth straight year and secured a postseason playoff berth.

The mistakes unfortunately started early for the home team. On Miami’s first punt of the game, Brandon Fields dropped the snap due to the football being wet. Five plays later, New England scored the game’s first touchdown, putting them up 7-0 early.

The Fins’ next mistake actually cost themselves, not the other team, seven points. With the ball in New England’s hands, Miami’s Reshad Jones intercepted a Tom Brady pass and returned it 30 yards to score Miami’s first TD of the game – the only problem was, it was negated thanks to an ill-timed penalty called on Reggie Bush for an illegal block.

A roughing the punter penalty set up the Pats’ next TD drive early in the second quarter. With the Pats lined up at their own 29-yard line on 4th and 6, Miami was flagged for roughing the kicker, allowing New England’s drive to continue. Eleven plays and 56 yards later, Tom Brady connected with Wes Welker for a 7-yard touchdown and an early 14-3 lead. They continued to add to the cushion after recovering a Ryan Tannehill fumble following a sack and converting it a minute later into a field goal to put them comfortably on top, 17-3.

Miami had chances to strike in the fourth quarter, but Tannehill failed to connect deep on a wide open Brian Hartline (more than once) and on that same drive, with the team down 20-10 and on the New England 7-yard line, Tannehill found himself sacked on a 3rd and 4 play that forced Miami’s to take three points instead of the potential seven. The Pats answered with a long successful drive that evaporated more than seven minutes off the clock with lots of short passes and a focus on the ground game. By the time New England converted on a field goal at the end of the drive, the Fins got the ball back with only 1:10 on the clock and down by 10 again, 23-13. A last-minute Dan Carpenter 42-yarder provided the final score.

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