Though they had struggled previously losing decisively in three Prime Time appearances, the Dolphins who showed up on Monday Night Football were ready to go. And, in the end, the previously 5-7 Dolphins handled the Patriots 27-20.
Jay Cutler threw for 263 yards and 3 TD’s, as the Fins poured it on the second half.
After two Cody Parkey field goals in the first quarter, Cutler found WR Jarvis Landry for this second quarter score:
— NFL (@NFL) December 12, 2017
The Patriots did get a second quarter TD run from Rex Burkhead, but not much else went their way on this Monday night.
Leading 13-10 at the half, Cutler led two convincing TD drives to start the third quarter for Miami out of the locker room. First, he hit Jakeem Grant (photo above) on a 25 yard touchdown strike that capped a 46 yard quick drive in just five plays for a 20-10 advantage.
Then, Miami got the ball back immediately, and butchered the New England defense quickly on another 8 play 82 yard drive that led to this:
.@God_Son80 with ANOTHER TD.
— NFL (@NFL) December 12, 2017
Landry’s second TD catch of the night, and hilarious “Deflate Gate” end zone dance, put the Dolphins up 27-10.
RB Kenyan Drake ran for 114 yards in his second straight 100 yard day making coach Adam Gase look smarter and smarter for being willing to part with Jay Ajayi at the trade deadline.
With a 17 point lead against most teams, on the road on a Monday night, that would have spelled the end.
The Pats are not most teams.
They finally got their second half offense going and Brady finished a quick 53 yard drive with a three yard TD to RB James White to cut the lead to 27-17 with 13 minutes remaining.
But the Dolphins defense clamped down the rest of the way, as Miami defeated the Patriots for the first time since the final regular season game of 2015.
Defensive back Xavien Howard picked off two passes and completely shutdown Pats deep threat Brandin Cooks in one on one coverage throughout the contest.
It was only the Dolphins 5th win in the last 17 games in the series, and it improves their record to 6-7.
The loss is huge for New England in their battle with Pittsburgh for top seed in the AFC playoff picture. They are now 10-3 and a game behind the Steelers at 11-2. Pittsburgh will host the Pats Sunday and with a win, would now lock up that #1 seed.
The loss also snapped the NFL’s second longest road win streak in history, as the Patriots had won 14 games in a row away from Foxboro. The last loss? That 2015 defeat in Miami.
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