Patriots try to reverse recent losing trend in Miami

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The Patriots have dominated the AFC East in recent years. In Miami, however, the Patriots have been dominated.

They’ve lost three in a row against the Dolphins on the road, and if the Patriots hope to nail down the No. 1 seed in the AFC, the Patriots need to break that streak on Sunday.

“I think we haven’t played very well, so that’s been the biggest problem is just our ability to play two good halves of football,” quarterback Tom Brady told reporters on Friday regarding his team’s struggles in South Florida. “We didn’t do it last year; we didn’t do it the year before. It’s a tough place to play for one reason or another. . . . It’s just been a tough place for us to play for some reason. I don’t think it’s the weather, I don’t think it’s Miami Beach or anything like that. I think the Dolphins have always challenged us and especially down there, so it’ll be good to go get a win in a tough place.”

Last year, a 20-10 loss to the Dolphins in Miami in Week 17 kept the Patriots from clinching the No. 1 seed and, in turn, kept them from returning to the Super Bowl. This year, another loss to the Dolphins in Week 17 coupled with a Raiders win at Denver will give Oakland (and Matt McGloin) the No. 1 seed.

30 responses to “Patriots try to reverse recent losing trend in Miami

  1. As a Pats fan my favorite memory @ Miami was the OT game where the Pats won the flip but the refs gave it to Miami anyway. The defense held and on the Pats first possession of OT Brady hit Troy Brown for about a 60 yard TD strike. The normally stoic BB threw his headset up into the air in jubilation.

    My favorite memory of Miami @ NE was the “Snow celebration” (Youtube it.)That looked tremendous on TV. IIRC it came after a Tedy Bruschi TD where he slid into the endzone on his knees for the score.

  2. the ‘g.o.a.t.’ is a 1-2 in superbowls in the last ten years….and that last one was giftwrapped via The Worst Call in Superbowl History….

    In that same ten year span:

    Eli (owns tb) 2-0
    Peyton 2-1
    Ben 2-1

    you can have the (hahahahah) ‘g.o.a.t.’

    go fins

  3. This season has taught me to no longer doubt the Dolphins who are finding ways to win in all phases of the game in spite of a lack of talent and numerous injuries to starters. Adam Gase is easily the coach of the year.

  4. The Pats loss to Miami last year didn’t keep them from going to the SB…Broncos did. Biased writer assumes No 1 seed would have meant a win over Denver just because of playing at home. Speculation.

  5. .
    @ftomasic61

    Yippee…… Manipulated statistics….. The last refuge of scoundrels.

    Here’s a non manipulated stat : The last time the Dolphins was a playoff game, Bill Clinton was sitting in the oval office.
    .

  6. ftomasic1961 says:
    Dec 30, 2016 3:26 PM
    the ‘g.o.a.t.’ is a 1-2 in superbowls in the last ten years….and that last one was giftwrapped via The Worst Call in Superbowl History….
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    When you learn something about football beyond headline reading get back to us on that play call. All the patsanoia sufferers would sell their souls to have had him as their QB for the past 16 years. Your little list of QB’s was notably lacking in dolphins btw.

    Just keep swimming little fish, lol

  7. One more loss in Miami would be sweet for the Raiders, with the 1st overall seed on the line.

    Go Dolphins.

  8. I didn’t realize only the last 10 years of a player’s career counted.

    I didn’t realize Superbowl victories were the only stat that counted.

  9. .
    @joetoronto

    If the Raiders beat the Broncos on Sunday, would that classify as someone literally “beating a dead horse”?
    .

  10. Brady ” it”ll be good to get a win down there.”
    I hope you live to regret those words.
    Fuel the beast, let the j train move the chains and Wake “put Brady on his ass”
    Go fins

  11. ftomasic1961,

    Must be all the rings Dan Marino won in Miami during his career.

    And Richard Nixon was President the last time the Dolphins won a Super Bowl.

    Sad to be a Dolphins fan

  12. Even if the Patriots lose to Miami and the Raiders beat the Broncos, it is very likely the Raiders will go one and done and the AFCC game will still be in Foxborough. I have little confidence in the Raiders with McGloin as their QB to make any noise in the playoffs.

  13. ftomasic1961 says:
    Dec 30, 2016 3:26 PM
    the ‘g.o.a.t.’ is a 1-2 in superbowls in the last ten years….and that last one was giftwrapped via The Worst Call in Superbowl History….

    In that same ten year span:

    Eli (owns tb) 2-0
    Peyton 2-1
    Ben 2-1

    you can have the (hahahahah) ‘g.o.a.t.’
    _________________________________________
    The Dolphins haven’t been in a Superbowl in 32 years. They haven’t won a Superbowl in 43 years, In the last 16 years, the Pats have been to 6 Superbowls and won 4, all with Brady at QB. Would you like to rethink your post? Let’s not leave out the fact that the Patriots have won the Division the Dolphins are in 14 out of the last 15 years. The only year they didn’t win it was the year Brady was out with an injury. But if it makes you feel better, you go ahead and post whatever cherry picked stats you want. The Dolphins glory days were in the 70’s. THAT is pathetic.

  14. ampats says:
    Dec 30, 2016 4:39 PM
    ftomasic1961,

    Must be all the rings Dan Marino won in Miami during his career.

    And Richard Nixon was President the last time the Dolphins won a Super Bowl.

    Sad to be a Dolphins fan
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    It has been, but not any longer. In Gase we trust.

  15. 6ball says:
    Dec 30, 2016 4:05 PM
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    @ftomasic61

    Yippee…… Manipulated statistics….. The last refuge of scoundrels.

    Here’s a non manipulated stat : The last time the Dolphins was a playoff game, Bill Clinton was sitting in the oval office.
    ______________________

    Were you planning on manipulating the oval office? Bush was president in 08 last time I checked…. Unless of course you mean won a playoff game, if that’s the case you may want to proofread a bit.

    Pat’s fans are so funny and cute. The pom-poms on top of their beanies reminds me of the asterisk’s next to the Pat’s SB victories.

  16. I enjoy the smacktalk as much as anybody and acknowledge that MIA is as capable of winning as any other team on any given Sunday. Beyond that, I don’t think that highly of them. Unlike the recent past few years when games vs MIA have meant little to NE, if NE plays to win this year, they steamroll these pretenders.

  17. Unlike the recent past few years when games vs MIA have meant little to NE, if NE plays to win this year, they steamroll these pretenders.
    _____________

    Hmm, weird. I didn’t know a week 1 game meant nothing to the Patriots, or a week 15 game meant nothing while trying to get the highest playoff seed from 4 other AFC teams with similar records and 2 more games to go, or even a week 17 game that would have given the Patriots home field advantage throughout the playoffs which, of course everyone knows Brady is undefeated in the playoffs at home, but not in Denver….. Didn’t know those games were meaningless.

  18. scmems07 says:
    Dec 30, 2016 5:54 PM

    6ball says:
    Dec 30, 2016 4:05 PM
    .
    @ftomasic61

    Yippee…… Manipulated statistics….. The last refuge of scoundrels.

    Here’s a non manipulated stat : The last time the Dolphins was a playoff game, Bill Clinton was sitting in the oval office.
    ______________________

    Were you planning on manipulating the oval office? Bush was president in 08 last time I checked…. Unless of course you mean won a playoff game, if that’s the case you may want to proofread a bit.

    Pat’s fans are so funny and cute. The pom-poms on top of their beanies reminds me of the asterisk’s next to the Pat’s SB victories.
    ———————————————————-
    The last time the phins won a playoff game, Bill Clinton was sitting in office. Going on 17 years. There, I fixed it for you, simpleton.

  19. 72DolphinsStillUnmatched says:
    Dec 31, 2016 1:44 AM

    Hope my Patriot pals come buy section 248 and say hello, look for the vintage Csonka jersey in white.🙂
    ________________________________
    I bet many people don’t know this fact but the 72 Dolphins opponents had a winning percentage of just .357. Killer schedule but hey, you can only play who is on the schedule. That is also the team that was coached by a man who was under contract with the Baltimore Colts, and because he claims to be a man of integrity, Don Shula went out and signed a contract with the Dolphins. This tampering (cheating)resulted in the NFL penalizing the team by taking away a first round pick. Keep that in mind when you glass house Dolphins fans when you discuss asterisks. Your undefeated team has one*!

  20. They get so mad, it’s so cute!

    Steelers-iron curtain
    Cowboys-America’s team
    Bears-monsters of the Midway
    Dolphin’s-perfect season
    Patriots-cheaters, evil empire, New asterisk Patriots.

  21. How’s this feel?

    Dolphins SB Victories: 0 for 40+ years
    Dolphins SB Appearances: 0 for 30+ years

    Even the pathetic Bears have played in a couple of SB’s (and even won one) more recently. It’s no wonder you’re jealous of NE’s decades of success.

    That’s got to sting.

  22. April 13, 1970 – The Dolphins were caught tampering when they hired Don Shula. The NFL Commissioner punished the Dolphins cheating by making the Dolphins forfeit a 1st round draft pick. As a direct result of this cheating the Dolphins were able to “earn” a perfect season in 1972 and “win” the Superbowl on January 14, 1973. The bad karma for the Dolphins cheating has resulted in the Dolphins never “winning” another Superbowl.

  23. Steelers – iron curtain
    Cowboys – America’s team
    Bears – monsters of the Midway
    Dolphin’s – fans not intelligent enough to understand 7th grade science, so they still call the Patriots “cheaters”.
    Patriots – 4 Lombardi trophy’s in this century.
    • Patriots don’t need a clever nick name.
    • Patriots don’t need a song.
    • Patriots don’t need letterman jackets.

  24. scmems07 says:
    Dec 30, 2016 5:54 PM

    Pat’s fans are so funny and cute. The pom-poms on top of their beanies reminds me of the asterisk’s next to the Pat’s SB victories.
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    Could you please site the page in the NFL Record Book that shows the asterisk’s nest to the Patriots Super Bowl victories.

  25. Pats fans are always butt hurt when reality hits them. Face it patsies we kick your arse when you come to Miami. Look for that to continue Sunday. Go Fins!!

  26. finsblood13 says:
    Jan 1, 2017 10:56 AM

    Pats fans are always butt hurt when reality hits them. Face it patsies we kick your arse when you come to Miami. Look for that to continue Sunday.
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    Looks like reality has arrived, and is stomping Miami into that crappy grass field.

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