The Miami Dolphins’ season may not have reached its post-season, but it ended on a high note and with a victory that ensured a sweep of opponents that dominated their division for most of the past two decades.
Finals victory over the New England Patriots, 33-24, on Sunday night at Hard Rock Stadium leaves many wondering what might have happened if the Dolphins hadn’t squandered some of the opportunities, as fell to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars in the 1-7 warm-up.
Instead, the Dolphins were dropped from the playoffs when they took the field against the Patriots after last Sunday’s embarrassing loss to the Tennessee Titans, but they came away with something to build on heading into Season.
“I’m proud of this team,” said Dolphins coach Brian Flores. “I am proud of their fight, their resilience, their ability to fight adversity. We’ve had ups and downs. It was a year I will definitely remember. ”
Miami (9-8) has a winning streak for the first time since 2003 after ending June 10 last year. The Dolphins, after also winning their season opener at Foxborough, completed a season wiping out the Patriots for the first time since 2000. They have won three in a row and four of the last five games in the series against New England.
The Patriots (10-7), who earned a playoff spot in the final week, were the AFC’s sixth seed, dropping from fifth place following the Las Vegas Raiders’ extra-time victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on ” Sunday Night Football . They advanced to face the third-seeded Buffalo Bills.
Outside of the opening drive, the Dolphins mostly do it on the ground – and with a defense scoring twice. Duke Johnson ran 117 yards and touched the ball with 25 attempts.
Dolphin defender Tua Tagovailoa, who is currently leading 3-0 in his career against the Patriots and 2-0 against former Alabama teammate Mac Jones, is 15 of 22 for 109 yards, reaching nearly half of his total passing yards. his in the opening series.
“I never looked at it like I compared to another midfielder,” he said. “It’s always been our attacking behavior versus their defence. … I don’t really go into all the ‘Me vs Mac.’
“I’m happy that we were able to end this season with a win, and we’ll see what this season has in store for us.”
Tagovailoa contested first in third and eighth with a time of less than two minutes being key to securing the win after a late New England rally, and he finished with 38 yards on the face ground, including a 23-yard pitch.
“He made some big runs in key situations, taking the first knocks when we needed them,” said Tagovailoa’s Flores. “He made a lot of good throws. Thought he moved the ball well, ran the ball well. So he led us and gave us the opportunity to win the ball game, especially at the end when we needed a motivation. ”
Jones finished 20 of 30 for 261 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
The Dolphins scored two touchdowns in the first nine minutes to start the action on Sunday.
First, on the open drive where Jaylen Waddle broke the NFL’s rookie reception record, he caught a 7 meter touchdown pass from Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa, who started 8 for 8 on Sunday, completed all seven of his passes in the 54-yard initial streak and touched down.
A minute and a half later, after a goal that lasted 7:26, Dolphins full-back Xavien Howard tackled Jones and returned 37 yards for a touch.
“I feel like the dynamics changed when we scored in defence,” Howard said. “Everybody was excited and everyone came to play afterwards.”
After taking the lead to 17 on a 30-yard Jason Sanders goal, the Patriots scored for the first time midway through the second half. Run again and former Dolphin Brandon Bolden runs 15 yards for a touchdown. Jones had a 35-meter pass to close Hunter Henry that sent New England into Dolphins territory previously.
After an on-field goal from Nick Folk midway through the third half that left the Patriots 17-10 on hold, Johnson scored as he ran out from the 1-yard line with 4:31 left in that time. It brings Miami up, October 24.
The Patriots were then driving just outside the Miami red zone when Jones mishandled a snap from bottom center for a tumble that was restored by outfielder Jaelan Phillips outside. It eventually led to another goal on Sanders’ field to take a 17-point lead, 27-10.
Bolden scored a goal with 6:32 left to start a late rally, and Damien Harris punched in a 1-yard hasty touchdown with 2:53 left to reduce New England’s deficit down to three, 27-24.
In the final inning, after the Patriots had minimal time and spare time left, full-back Sam Eguaoven made a side attempt on a defensive save at the end of the season.
Dolphin Guardians Christian Wilkins and Andrew Van Ginkel surrounded Jones on Sunday. With two more in the final, Miami ended the season with 49 sacks, matching the team’s record set in 1983 and matching 2005.
Miami conceded a fourth pair of goals against New England with hitter Michael Palardy on the field. First, the Dolphins ran fake with Palardy sliding near the field to claim the right, but Bolden was asked for a personal foul even though he appeared to avoid contact with the helmet while diving through Palardy. In the final game of the third round, New England had an illegal formation, leaving Miami trailing 4 and 1 for the first time.
The Dolphins, while missing out for a fifth straight season, will now begin a crucial season where they determine if they move forward with Tagovailoa or pursue a top midfielder, what to do with it. key free agents such as defender Emmanuel Ogbah and tight defender Mike Gesicki and figured out how to fix an offensive line that’s been difficult for most of the season.
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