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Dolphins Fall in New England

It was a tale of two halves of football Sunday in Foxboro, as the Miami Dolphins fell to the New England Patriots, 41-13. And with that loss, the Fins’ hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since 2008 all but breathed its last breath as well.

The first half was a tale of two competitive teams. The Patriots scored early in the first and tacked on another touchdown almost midway through the second quarter, but a pair of field goals from Caleb Sturgis and a late touchdown from Ryan Tannehill to Mike Wallace just before time expired in the first half left Miami down only one, 14-13, at the break.

The second half, however, and in particular the third quarter, was a completely different tale – one of a clear division champion making a statement, while the Dolphins experienced yet another late-season collapse with the postseason on the line.

Tom Brady & Co. made sure they didn’t have a replay of the game’s first 30 minutes in the contest’s last 30. The Patriots scored on every possession in the second half (except their last series, which saw them run out the clock), and they outscored Miami 27-0 in the process, making what was a respectable game at halftime a blowout of epic proportions.

Even though Miami was blown out in the second half, the numbers in the box score didn’t reveal it. The Dolphins and Patriots were almost identical in many statistical categories, including first downs (23 each), total yards (Miami - 384 to New England – 395), passing yards (308 to 287) and total drives (12 each). Some telling numbers, however, were in 3rd down efficiency, where Miami was 3-of-16 while New England was 8-of-13 and red zone attempts, where the Fins were 0-for-3 while the Pats were 3-for-5.

The Miami Dolphins are still mathematically in the race for the postseason, but the only hope Miami has at this point is to win out and hope other teams around them falter. Miami is returning home to the friendly confines of Sun Life Stadium for the last two games of the season, and with the holidays around the corner, there is no time like the present than to get tickets to see your Miami Dolphins take on the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets. Don’t delay any longer - get your Miami Dolphins tickets today from!