Dolphins eliminate Patriots from playoff contention

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The Patriots will not be going to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Miami ran the ball down the Patriots’ throats and picked up 250 rushing yards in a 22-12 win that eliminated the Patriots from playoff contention in their first season. The last playoff miss came when Tom Brady tore his ACL in the season opener and this one comes with Brady now playing for the Buccaneers.

The Patriots led Sunday’s game 6-0 at halftime, but the Dolphins took the lead with a touchdown to open the third quarter and added two more while the Patriots remained unable to get the ball into the end zone. It’s fitting that the offense was so ineffective in the coda to their playoff hopes as the unit’s issues were a major issue all season.

Dolphins defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah delivered the final blow with a sack of Cam Newton as the Patriots tried to convert a fourth down with just over a minute left to play.

New England’s run defense was a more recent concern and they took a step backward after allowing the Rams to go for 186 yards last week. Salvon Ahmed had 116 yards, Matt Breida had 86, and Tua Tagovailoa scored twice on the ground. Tagovailoa became the sixth rookie quarterback to beat the Patriots in the Belichick era and the Dolphins took a step toward joining the Bills in the playoffs in what’s become a season of change in the AFC East.

Miami will work for a win in Las Vegas next weekend in order to move closer to toward booking that berth. While that’s going on, the Patriots will play their first game with nothing but a spot in the draft order at stake in a very long time when they host the division winners from Buffalo.

52 responses to “Dolphins eliminate Patriots from playoff contention

  1. I’m so upset they didn’t put Jarrett Stidham in and his 10 point QB rating. What a travesty. Clearly McDaniels is in love with Newton.

  2. Congrats to flo and Chris Grier for building up the dolphins. We have dominated the league for 20 years!!! We need to rebuild. I look forward to watching the transition and seeing Buffalo and Miami dance!

    Great game dolphins! Congrats to your fans as well as bills mafia!! GO NUTS GUYS! YOU HAVE EARNED IT

  3. The fact they ran over 200 yards on a Belichick defense is a big yikes. Meanwhile down in Tampa… What makes this so ironic is that the saying was always, “Belichick gets rid of players a year too soon rather than a year too late.” Well it looks like Brady did the same thing to him.

    Belichick has to give up GM duties. Even with the opt outs that roster just isn’t good. It wasn’t good last year but Pats schedule bailed them out, half the teams they faced finished under .500, and three I believe more were at .500. The writing is on the wall.

    Hire a GM. One that values receivers.

  4. With a full off season and ota’s and a full camp, I think Newton could open 2021 as the worst starting QB in the NFL. My God is he terrible.

  5. That was painful could we please play Stidham Cam cant even throw a 20 pass play without winding up for 5 seconds.

  6. So much for plugging in any QB to the ‘system’ – Brady WAS the system. As a head coach, Bill was sub – .500 pre-Brady and is now sub-.500 post Brady….speaks for itself as Brady at 43 rolls again today. BB is a losing coach without Brady, time for the Pats to move on from this farce.

  7. Belichick’s record without Tom Brady being under .500 continues. Keep masquerading as the arrogant professor or football genius, you’re no better than Rex Ryan.

  8. Cam couldn’t get it done once again. Miami was held to under 24 points and yet no touchdowns the whole game. I’m also vindicated in saying that Tua is the best rookie qb in the draft he showed great poise after that redzone pick. Good game Fins on to the 2021 season. Go Pats!

  9. Belichick’s record without Tom Brady being under .500 continues. Keep masquerading as the arrogant professor or football genius, you’re no better than Rex Ryan.

    Yeah well, he was also the last coach to lead Cleveland to a playoff win, against my patriots and his mentor Bill Parcells. That was also after having to rebuild Cleveland from salary cap hell and deal with old players……

  10. And yet the Dolphins draft picks keep getting better, thanks Houston (and Dallas today).

    Had Atlanta held on for that win we’d be in the 5th draft slot, instead of 6th.

    Can’t wait to get the cavalry back.

  11. Outside of Joe Thuney and Jacobi Myers, I don’t see NFL players on the offensive side of the ball for the Pats

  12. But, but, where are the Pats fans that guaranteed a 7th SB this year without Brady? Welcome to the real world, NE.

  13. A rookie QB, a practice squad RB going for 120+ yards, and missing our top 3 WRs (Parker, Williams, and Grant) and pro bowl TE. And we still beat their butt.

    Goodbye, Belichick.

  14. tompabradytouchdown6 says:
    December 20, 2020 at 4:16 pm
    Keep masquerading as the arrogant professor or football genius, you’re no better than Rex Ryan.

    Laughable that you think BB is no better than Rex Ryan. You literally know nothing about football.

  15. I do wonder how awful Stidham is that Newton is the unchallenged starter. NE’s defense has done decent this year with the guys that they have but they have been poor against a running game. Still does not help when your offense can’t do a thing, I mean Newton is incredibly limited. I am surprised how little NE trusts a former MVP. He is obviously not the same player but wow his passing game is like Tebow/Kaepernick/RG3 at this point. Cam has been a very good teammate and guy in NE but he is has been very unproductive. 5 passes for scores in 13 starts?! I am sure Newton, Stidham and Hoyer won’t be on the team next year.

  16. The Patriots defense is still stout. It will be interesting to see what Belichick will do this offseason. Will he rebuild the offense and try and develop a young quarterback, or will he attempt another go around with a veteran and surround him will better skill players?

  17. No, SCAM the SHAM did that…. they just happen to be playing theDolphins at the time!!!!

  18. Guess we all know now that Brady was the reason New England had that great run. Belichick is a sub .500 coach…..again

  19. MortimerInMiami says:
    December 20, 2020 at 4:36 pm
    Tuadomination!
    ———
    20/26 for 145/ 0 TDs 1 INT

    At home against a Pats team whose spirit has been broken for 6 weeks now.

    Domination? Break up the Fins!!

  20. Remember all the sports pundits slobbering over the Pats signing Cam in Aug? No one questioned it, it was just accepted because Belichick is a “genius” and knows more than anyone else.

    There was a reason Cam was still available in Aug.

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha

  21. NE search for their next starting QB will be interesting next year … If they cant get Luck out of retirement, how about Stafford, but can they afford him ?

  22. zonedout100 says:
    Laughable that you think BB is no better than Rex Ryan. You literally know nothing about football.
    ==

    Laughable you think that poster was being serious. A troll posts a comment he knows will cause someone to take the bait, and you respond exactly as he wanted you to. Dance, puppet, dance.

  23. Belichick is still a great coach, but let’s turn down the “greatest of all time” talk. A good defense will only get you so far. Unfortunately, Brady won’t get the respect he deserves until he wins a super bowl without Belichick. I hope it happens this season.

  24. BB can no longer hide behind Brady’s achievements take away Brady and BB is simply Jeff Fisher.

  25. All of you keep sleeping on BB.
    I’ve been a Miami fan since the 70s and the reason Pats aren’t doing well now is not solely because of Brady.
    They have several key leaders that opted out and lost a few. Miami has a few of them.
    The Pats will be back i am sure of it and they will be better then the Bucs also. Wait and see.
    If Brady did not have the WR talent right now he would be a bottom tier QB.

  26. Im no Patriots fan. Didn’t the pats have the most players opt out for covid at the beginning of the season. This will be a different team next yr. the bills not the dolphins will be the team in the way.

  27. Pats run defense and defense overall is their strength yet the Fins ran for 250 yards…. With their 2nd and 3rd string backs no less. No Grant, no Gisecki, no Parker, no Gaskin. So it came down to Tua. The big pre-game talk of BB’s record against rookie QB’s was meaningless. Tua proved he was the better QB today by far and BB had no answer.

  28. Way too early to pronounce a verdict on Belichick without Brady. Don’t forget what he’s working with this year. Let’s see how things go in the next couple of years.

    In the meantime, congrats to the Dolphins. It’s great to see a really excellent coach and good guy like Brian Flores having success and turning things around so quickly.

  29. I can’t stand ’em, but what a run. Will likely never be replicated.

    I have to marvel at the accomplishment. But I’m so glad it’s over – and it looks to be competitive days ahead for the division, which is a very welcome change.

  30. So this is what it feels like to be eliminated from the playoffs before Christmas… Huh no wonder why every other fan base is miserable

  31. I laugh at the ‘fans’ gloating about the Pats 1 yr demise. The last 20 yrs and six rings still count. Shadenfreude is for losers. Enjoy your day in the sun. Pats will be back. Probably next year.

  32. didnthearwhat says:
    December 20, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Guess we all know now that Brady was the reason New England had that great run. Belichick is a sub .500 coach…..again.
    —————-

    I would say the reason was Brady *plus* Belichick. A career without Brady would probably put Belichick in the Very Good but not Great coach category; and Brady’s career without Belichick would probably be very much like that of Brees, Rodgers, . . . or maybe Phillip Rivers, depending where he ended up.

  33. tedmurph says:
    December 20, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    I laugh at the ‘fans’ gloating about the Pats 1 yr demise. The last 20 yrs and six rings still count. Shadenfreude is for losers. Enjoy your day in the sun. Pats will be back. Probably next year.
    ———-

    If you ask Belichick, I’m sure he would say that what you did yesterday, whether it is losing or winning for two decades, is irrelevant and not worth discussing.

  34. “I laugh at the ‘fans’ gloating about the Pats 1 yr demise. The last 20 yrs and six rings still count. Shadenfreude is for losers. Enjoy your day in the sun. Pats will be back. Probably next year.”

    Gotta find a QB first.

    That can sometimes take time.

  35. So far the only person to leave New England and find success is Brady. None of the coaches have won without him and now you can add Bill to that long list.

  36. It might, but the Pats have the 3rd most cap room in the league going into next year. What are people gonna think if they come up with MRyan or MStafford? I am happy for Bills fans and wish them luck.

    ————– you ask Belichick, I’m sure he would say that what you did yesterday, whether it is losing or winning for two decades, is irrelevant and not worth discussing
    —————————————————-

    Of course losing today was not good, even though the Pats had no chance for the playoffs. It’s still laughable after all these years eating the Pats dust, some fans can only revel in them having a rebuilding year. Be happy for your own team.

  37. The Dolphins knocking the Patriots out of the playoff race is even better than 2018’s “Miami Miracle”.

  38. NE fans will never get it. The reason people dislike the Patriots is because of their fans. They show no class in winning or losing and are the most obnoxious braggarts and chest beaters in the history of time. They can dish it out, but can’t take it, and throw tantrums when you give them some of their own medicine.

  39. Have to mention that TB12 played with nearly the same “offensive” roster last year and won 12. Maybe now RK understands his point.

  40. williamshatnerstoupee says:
    December 20, 2020 at 8:40 pm
    NE fans will never get it. The reason people dislike the Patriots is because of their fans. They show no class in winning or losing and are the most obnoxious braggarts and chest beaters in the history of time. They can dish it out, but can’t take it, and throw tantrums when you give them some of their own medicine.

    —–

    Obnoxious sports fans have been around before the Pats went on their run. People cling to the success of others to make themselves feel better about their shortcomings. Sports is a great vehicle for this. More people cheer for teams that win consistently and may fly that flag in the faces of others. Before the Pats, there were the runs the 49ers and Cowboys went on that yielded the same fan response.

    I am a Bills fan and I am well aware that I have nothing to do with Josh Allen improving his arm mechanics. I’m also not responsible for them sucking for two decades either, while I performed much better in my career than the product they were putting out on the field. I did not throw this in the face of the GM of the Bills at the time.

    I know the Pats fans that I have met personally at tailgates over the years are going nowhere. Loyal fans have a connection beyond the win loss record.

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