The Miami Dolphins will finish the season below .500 but they can take comfort in knowing the New England Patriots may not have home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Miami posted a surprising victory over the Patriots.
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While Miami was victorious, they still couldn’t put up more than 21 points on the day finishing with 20 but it was enough to beat a Patriots team that only managed 10 points on the afternoon. Miami put up over 400 yards on the Patriots who were playing to wrap up home field advantage throughout the playoffs. New England opened the game with a power running attack that failed. Miami held the Patriots to 66 yards rushing and only a 134 yards passing.
Tannehill was not perfect but he was far better than he has shown the last four weeks. He threw for 350 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.
The real hero’s of today however has to be the offensive line. While they only opened up running lanes for 77 yards total rushing, they managed to keep Ryan Tannehill from getting sacked most of the day. In fact New England sacked Tannehill only one time on Sunday. Miami sacked Tom Brady twice but they pressured him the entire game. Olivier Vernon played very strong but again was flagged for roughing the passer. He finishes the season as the most penalized player in the NFL for that particular penalty.
Playing in place of Mike Pouncey, Jamil Douglas looked much better this week than in the past two. He was consistently good and held his blocks well. Jason Fox is still a complete failur on the right side and gave up New England’s sack.
At wide-receiver Jarvis Landry finishes with the most catches in Dolphins history for a single season and has more catches in his first two seasons than any other receiver in NFL history. De’Vante Parker showed why the Dolphins made him a first round pick and gave Dolphins fans something to look forward to next season. Parker finished with 5 receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown.
With the off-season now starting Miami fans can at least take comfort in knowing that the Dolphins, finally, played with some pride.