A Patriots Comeback Bid Finally Falls Short In Loss To Dolphins

December 16, 2013 1:00 PM
A Patriots Comeback Bid Finally Falls Short In Loss To Dolphins
By Gregory Hunt

" The New England Patriots failed to capitalize on an opportunity to clinch the AFC East title on Sunday, losing 24-20 to the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. The Patriots actually led the game 10-0 at one point in the first half, but quarterback Tom Brady later found his team trailing by four points with only 1:15 remaining in the game. He got New England as far as the Miami 14-yard line, but his final pass with :02 remaining was intercepted in the end zone by Miami safety Michael Thomas. The defeat cost New England an opportunity to control its own destiny regarding home field advantage in the AFC playoffs.

Marcus Thigpen #34 of the Miami Dolphins scores a touchdown during a game against the New England Patriots (Credit, Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Offense Grade: C+

New England’s biggest concern on offense was protecting Brady against a relentless Miami pass rush. In one regard, the Patriots passed this test as Brady was sacked only once even though he had a whopping 55 pass attempts. However, Miami still got a number of hits on Brady especially after left tackle Nate Solder left the game with a head injury "

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