Dolphins sweep Patriots as New England heads to playoffs as wild-card team

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The Dolphins’ season is over, but they went out on a high note. Miami swept the Patriots for the first time since 2000.

The Dolphins opened the season with a 17-16 victory over the Patriots. They ended the season with a 33-24 victory over New England.

The Patriots needed a win and a Bills’ loss to the Jets to clinch the division title, and neither happened. New England (10-7) heads to the postseason as a wild-card team.

The Dolphins (9-8) miss the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season despite winning eight of their final nine games after a 1-7 start. They finished with a winning record for the second consecutive season.

Duke Johnson rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 25 attempts as the Dolphins rushed for 195 yards.

Tua Tagovailoa completed 15 of 22 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. He also had five carries for 38 yards, including an 11-yarder for a first down with 1:48 left. Jaylen Waddle caught five passes for 27 yards and a touchdown.

The Patriots had three turnovers, including two by quarterback Mac Jones, and had eight penalties for 78 yards. Jones finished 20-of-30 for 261 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also lost a fumble on a bad exchange with backup center Ted Karras after David Andrews had an equipment problem.

Xavien Howard returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown on the Patriots’ first possession.

Hunter Henry caught five passes for 86 yards.

53 responses to “Dolphins sweep Patriots as New England heads to playoffs as wild-card team

  1. At least you had those two weeks after you beat the Bills where you crowned yourself AFC East Champions for the next day lead by young Brady.

    I told you that wouldn’t make it out Miami with a win.

    Patriots fans lowered themselves to cheering for the Jets and forgot they’d need to play a game as well.

    Lol

  2. Beats the Patriots. “That’s all Tua do.” Seriously, congratulations to the Patriots for making the playoffs and the Bills for winning the division. Best of luck to them and their fans.

  3. New England Pretenders. I swear this year is some of the worst football ever played. No team is really any good.

  4. godkingskovald says:
    January 9, 2022 at 7:42 pm
    At least you had those two weeks after you beat the Bills where you crowned yourself AFC East Champions for the next day lead by young Brady.

    I told you that wouldn’t make it out Miami with a win.

    Patriots fans lowered themselves to cheering for the Jets and forgot they’d need to play a game as well.

    Lol

    Are you really talking smack about a meaningless game.

  5. ariani1985 says:
    January 9, 2022 at 7:44 pm
    Let the stidham decade of dominance begin now! Jones is hot garbage!

    Says no one

  6. New England has lost it’s mojo since Brady has left. They’ll be one and out, and lucky to see the post season next year. Miami has proven to be better than the Pats.

  7. People are so clueless as to how good Mac Jones has been on a mediocre team. Unlike most rookie QB’s see you in the playoffs!

  8. Jones looked awful for 3 quarters. The defense missed Duggar and Hightower a lot as Tua was gashing the Pats all day long. Pats will be one and done if they play like they did today.

  9. DrewSports says:
    January 9, 2022 at 7:59 pm
    People are so clueless as to how good Mac Jones has been on a mediocre team.
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    He was not good today. Bad read on his pick 6, rookie mistake. Locking on to receivers. Sloppy with the football.

  10. Pats fan here, they have no hope in the playoffs. Sign Russell Wilson to a 4 year deal….TRADE Mac Jones for assets. He has proven in the last 5 weeks he is NOT the answer…one dimensional.

  11. This team is so frustrating. They’ve been their own worst enemy in all of their losses this season. They can’t play from behind at all.

  12. The loss was for playoff seeding. Hopefully we get to face the overrated Buffalo.

  13. Sheesh everyone ripping NE for losing even though they were guaranteed a playoff spot.

    I agree though run defense was horrible and Jones sucked but he is a rookie, what do you want from him? Is anyone perfect their first season? Refs sucked but his pick is why they didn’t win.

    Pats will prob get bounced in the postseason but if you are treating them like Bradys Pats you are nuts. Belichick rules and is why they were 10-7 but his brain isn’t out there gaining yards. Year One after a bridge year, is 10 wins and a postseason berth the end of the society? I guess.

  14. For all the chumps attacking the Pats, they’re playing next week.

    Where’s Tua going to be?

  15. “Jones sucked but he is a rookie, what do you want from him? ”
    _____________________

    That wasn’t the narrative a month ago. A month ago, the other teams were fools to pass on him, he was easily the best QB from that class, and he would seamlessly replace Brady. There were division titles for another 20 years.

    I still think he has a lot of potential, but the hype was over the top.

  16. Well like who expected the pats to win the superbowl realistically huh ?? .. and fully expect them to be a middling team one and done if they even make the playoffs with Jones gaining the experience needed as he grows and the replacement of quite a few players as the team enters a long term transition … so lets hope those draft picks turn out as the top free agents won’t be coming here unless well overpaid .. maybe too spend a few bucks on a new DC instead of the kid !! … just saying … but like most teams BB’s coaching genius depends on how good his QB n star players are as hey Garroppalo even turned into #12 for about five minutes there and good for him regardless of where he ends up next year !!.

  17. Weird title of an article. Miami is not in the playoffs and NE is. This like when Miami beat NE late in 2018 and then NE won another SB forming their second dynasty of the cap era.

    No one will ever care that Miami won the last game of the year. lol

  18. HA-Ha! Looks like Billy Bellyache is gonna need yet another Pepto Bismol IV for his flight back to Beantown! Truly amazing how the Fins have New England’s number down there virtually every year! Even sweeter this year with a sweep! Patties are one and done for sure…

  19. DrewSports says:

    January 9, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    People are so clueless as to how good Mac Jones has been on a mediocre team. Unlike most rookie QB’s see you in the playoffs!
    —————
    Interesting take💩 🤣 Last year it was said repeatedly from fans all they needed was a competent qb, now they get a competent qb(hes yet to prove to be more than that) now somehow hes lifting up a mediocre team? Mac has played decently but the way people were fawning over him and stupidly claiming he was the best qb by far in the class was waaaaay too much.

  20. All I remember hearing early in the season is how Mac Jones is TB 2.0. He’s little more than a game manager. They have won games with defense and their running game. The only thing he can do is throw short. Teams have already figured him out.

    They had a good season though. 10-7 is better than last year. But let’s look at those wins. Five of those wins came against the Jets (twice), Texans, Panthers, and Jags. Those four teams combined for sixteen wins. They also beat the Chargers (9-7), Browns (8-9), Falcons (7-10), Titans (12-5 but were without Henry), and Bills (11-6). In other words, they had three wins against teams with winning records. That’s it. You Pats’ fans better hold off on buying those Super Bowl tickets.

  21. Two seasons now for the”genius “ and his record is 17-16 without Brady. Meanwhile, Brady already has a Super Bowl win. You would think Bill would know you can’t win consistently without a top quarterback

  22. I agree though run defense was horrible
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    This defense is a pile. Lol. Can’t stop a nosebleed.

    Have they made one clutch stop all season?

    Time to clean out the old broken down guys and retreads like Van Noy and Hightower and Collins and sadly D-Mac too and get younger. They do have a few good pieces here and there but it’s not enough. They will not be ready to contend for anything until that’s fixed. And don’t be cheap. Pay JCJ.

    Funny I don’t hear Van Noy running his mouth these days like he usually does.

  23. touchback6 says:
    Weird title of an article.
    No one will ever care that Miami won the last game of the year. lol
    ==

    Articles have headlines, not titles.
    Once the Pats are eliminated — and they will be, sooner than later — no one but their fans will ever care or remember they snuck into an expanded playoff field as a wildcard.
    Of course, they would have been AFC East champions with a higher seeding were it not for, you know, getting swept by the Miami Dolphins.

  24. Last time swept by Miami – 2000. Pre-Brady. First losing record at home since … wait for it … 2000! Pre-Brady.

  25. Tom Brady says:
    January 9, 2022 at 8:23 pm
    Without me Bill is Rex Ryan

    #Fact
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    You have the board name of a guy who was suspended for cheating.

    #RealFact

  26. billsrthefuture says:
    billsrthefuture says:
    January 9, 2022 at 8:13 pm
    “Jones sucked but he is a rookie, what do you want from him? ”
    _____________________

    That wasn’t the narrative a month ago. A month ago, the other teams were fools to pass on him, he was easily the best QB from that class, and he would seamlessly replace Brady. There were division titles for another 20 years.

    I still think he has a lot of potential, but the hype was over the top.

    ______________

    I dont think the narrative that he was the best rookie QB can be argued. The rest is obviously ridiculous if you believe it or defend it. However if you think he isnt the best rookie QB, then elaborate

  27. didnthearwhat says:
    January 9, 2022 at 8:32 pm
    Two seasons now for the”genius “ and his record is 17-16 without Brady. Meanwhile, Brady already has a Super Bowl win. You would think Bill would know you can’t win consistently without a top quarterback

    ——
    I would give Brady credit for that but he wasn’t the one that held Mahomes to 9 points in the Super Bowl. And of course he was suspended for cheating so he gets no respect or acknowledgement from me about anything. Don’t like it tell him to follow the rules next time.

  28. Articles have headlines, not titles.
    Once the Pats are eliminated — and they will be, sooner than later — no one but their fans will ever care or remember they snuck into an expanded playoff field as a wildcard.
    Of course, they would have been AFC East champions with a higher seeding were it not for, you know, getting swept by the Miami Dolphins.

    Yeah even if the Playoffs WERE NOT expanded they would still have made it.

    Nice try though

    And yes regardless of when happens in the playoffs yes it will be reminded all we heard all last offseason was “the dolphins abills are going to be fighting for the division “ and the dolphins didn’t even make the playoffs but they were still saying it.

  29. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 9, 2022 at 8:40 pm
    Tom Brady says:
    January 9, 2022 at 8:23 pm
    Without me Bill is Rex Ryan

    #Fact
    —-
    You have the board name of a guy who was suspended for cheating.

    #RealFact

    —-

    And you defended him, hence your ‘board name’.

  30. Good God…. Mac is a rookie almost all the offensive firepower are 1st year players in the system & learning as they go as well as learning to work with a rookie QB…. The Pats are playing extremely well all things considered & are now in the post season where everyone is 0-0…..I’m loving life this year after suffering thru a year of SCAM Newton…..EXCITING TIMES AHEAD!!!

  31. I dont think the narrative that he was the best rookie QB can be argued. The rest is obviously ridiculous if you believe it or defend it. However if you think he isnt the best rookie QB, then elaborate
    ——
    I think it’s much easier to argue Jones is on the best team than to say he’s the best rookie QB. I think Lawrence would be great paired with Coach Bill. Lance too. Pats obviously had no chance at either so whatever.

    I actually think Mills would be good here too.

  32. “I dont think the narrative that he was the best rookie QB can be argued. The rest is obviously ridiculous if you believe it or defend it. However if you think he isnt the best rookie QB, then elaborate”
    ____________________________

    No one knows who the best QB from the class will be. We won’t know for a few years.

    Some fans spoke like it was already final. And no – I’m not saying that they claimed he was the best rookie so far in 2021. They were saying it was already conclusive that he would be the best going forward, and that other teams were fools to pass on him.

  33. And you defended him, hence your ‘board name’.

    —-
    Once he is gone I will change my board name.

    I did defend the cheater but I don’t anymore. Already explained that.

  34. Pats going in strong to the playoffs. Lol, swept by Fins.. Mac hands the ball of really well. They can build on that..

  35. I would give Brady credit for that but he wasn’t the one that held Mahomes to 9 points in the Super Bowl.-

    No but the offense scored 31 points

    By your logic Montana shouldn’t get any credit for winning a SB when his D only allowed 10 points vs Denver

  36. flash1224 says:
    January 9, 2022 at 9:29 pm
    I would give Brady credit for that but he wasn’t the one that held Mahomes to 9 points in the Super Bowl.-

    No but the offense scored 31 points

    By your logic Montana shouldn’t get any credit for winning a SB when his D only allowed 10 points vs Denver
    —-
    No team had done that to Mahomes until that game. It was a historic game.

    A lot of QBs would have won that game.

  37. Enjoy the win miami and the offseason the Pat’s have to get ready for rd 3 with buffalo.

  38. ja17ownsafce says:
    January 9, 2022 at 9:05 pm
    Pats going in strong to the playoffs. Lol, swept by Fins.. Mac hands the ball of really well. They can build on that..

    —————————-
    Pats going into the playoffs at all is already a huge victory for Pats fans. Even a one and done will be. This team had fallen far. Most of us finished last year thinking we were years from sniffing the playoffs. Yet here they are Making in the very next year with a solid retooled team and a rookie qb that has shown as much as anyone could ever hope for from a rookie qb. A situation clearly trending upwards to build upon next year to take more steps back to championship caliber. To Pats fans this season is a huge victory for how far it exceeded expectation. For Pats haters this season is a loss because the Pats were right back in the thick of things and they had to spend yet another season worrying about them and next year looks like more of the same. At this point it doesn’t matter if Pats fans get any extra gravy in the postseason or not. They arent going back to the Superbowl yet, everyone knows that. But wherever they do get bumped its still a glorious year for fans and the nightmare continues for the rest.

  39. Godzilla says:
    January 10, 2022 at 8:58 am
    ja17ownsafce says:
    January 9, 2022 at 9:05 pm
    Pats going in strong to the playoffs. Lol, swept by Fins.. Mac hands the ball of really well. They can build on that..

    —————————-
    Pats going into the playoffs at all is already a huge victory for Pats fans. Even a one and done will be. This team had fallen far. Most of us finished last year thinking we were years from sniffing the playoffs. Yet here they are Making in the very next year with a solid retooled team and a rookie qb that has shown as much as anyone could ever hope for from a rookie qb. A situation clearly trending upwards to build upon next year to take more steps back to championship caliber. To Pats fans this season is a huge victory for how far it exceeded expectation. For Pats haters this season is a loss because the Pats were right back in the thick of things and they had to spend yet another season worrying about them and next year looks like more of the same. At this point it doesn’t matter if Pats fans get any extra gravy in the postseason or not. They arent going back to the Superbowl yet, everyone knows that. But wherever they do get bumped its still a glorious year for fans and the nightmare continues for the rest.

    ——————
    Well said.

    I’m not worried about Jones. But I think the run defense is a much bigger problem here. We might see a complete overhaul this offseason by necessity. When you are losing the trench battle against any half decent team and JAGs like Duke Johnson are blowing you up you have serious problems on that side of the ball.

    Bill is a defensive genius right? Then fix it.

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