The Miami Dolphins got an early X-mas present from the Denver Broncos last night when Brock Osweiler led the Broncos to a comeback win over New England. Knocking the Patriots from the undefeated ranks.
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If you were like a lot of football fans last night, you likely turned the television off when the Patriots scored to take a 21-7 lead. And you would have missed a great comeback by Denver and some even better facial expressions from the Patriots. Specifically Tom Brady who nearly lost it.
The Broncos were stopped on the drive following the Patriot touchdown but the punt was fumbled deep in New England territory and a few plays later Denver was within seven. After a field goal cut the lead to four, Denver’s defense stepped up and stifled Tom Brady, playing without Rob Gronkowski who was injured. Denver took the lead with 90 seconds remaining in the game and Tom Brady being Tom Brady drove the field to set up the tying field goal with four seconds.
In overtime, the Patriots offense couldn’t gain any yards and the Broncos, on 3rd and 1, broke a deciding touchdown from the Patriot 48. Thus ending a realistic Patriot bid for another perfect regular season.
For the Dolphins, it takes away some of the intrigue of the week 17 match-up with the Patriots. The Patriots look tough to beat and Miami isn’t exactly looking like a team that would have beat them. Miami would have been trying to preserve a little of their own history and it would have been a tough order.
Now only Carolina remains undefeated. The Panthers have five winnable games remaining on their schedule and are playing great football on both sides of the ball. Their road to the Super Bowl will not be easy either as the NFC is showcasing better teams right now than the AFC. Still if the Panthers should run the tables one man will be very happy in Miami. Don Shula. Shula’s son Mike is obviously the Panthers offensive coordinator.
For now Miami fans can at least take comfort in knowing that if indeed their perfect season is matched it won’t be by a rival that Dolphins fans loathe. The perfect season may not be secured for another season just yet, but there is a little comfort in knowing that it won’t be New England.
So in the words of Miami Dolphins fan and comedian Daniel Tosh, “And for that we thank you!”