Pats Fall to Dolphins, Denied AFC East Title in Loss to Miami
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — It was a rough night for Tom Brady, and surprisingly that isn't uncommon when he comes to Miami. He's now 7-9 in 16 appearances when coming to the Dolphins' home field. Brady was intercepted twice, probably should have had at least one other pass picked off, and the Patriots lost to the Dolphins 27-20, denying New England a chance to clinch the AFC East.
Brady went 24 for 43 for 233 yards and one touchdown. Miami sacked him twice and hit him five times, and held the Patriots to 25 yards rushing. New England was 0 for 11 on third down.
The Dolphins' Jay Cutler threw for 263 yards and three scores, including two to Jarvis Landry. Kenyan Drake had 114 yards rushing and 79 receiving.
A Brady touchdown pass cut the deficit to 10 points with 13 minutes left, but the Patriots' next three possessions netted 5 yards. After a New England field goal, Miami sealed the victory, recovering an onside kick with 53 seconds to go.
The Dolphins wore the uniforms from their perfect 1972 season and looked the part. For the first time in four prime-time appearances this season, they rose to the occasion.