Despite the New England Patriots playing for a first-round playoff bye, the Miami Dolphins scored a touchdown in the last minute of Sunday's game to win 27-24 and force New England to play in the Wild Card Round for the first time in a decade.
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DeVante Parker continued his breakout season with some contested catches against one of the best corners in the league in Stephon Gilmore. Parker showed the athletic ability to high-point passes, especially on back-shoulder go routes, to beat Gilmore for more than 100 yards.
Ryan Fitzpatrick showed the standard Fitzpatrick game. He was able to move the Dolphins down the field with jump balls to Parker, but unlike normal Fitzpatrick games he never put the ball in any real danger as the Dolphins were able to pull out a shock win.
Christian Wilkins was effective in the run game even though it didn't show in the stat sheet. Wilkins used his strength to good effect to make sure he was not getting moved off the line of scrimmage and to help the Dolphins defense contain the Patriots offense.
Tom Brady and the Patriots passing offense struggled against the Dolphins defense, with only 221 yards passing. The Patriots resorted to a significant amount of short passes, because as soon as the ball traveled over 10 yards the offense struggled to complete anything. The best pass by Brady was the only deep shot he threw all game, which Phillip Dorsett hauled down.
Patriots linebacker-turned-fullback Elandon Roberts was able to show his ability to be more than just a blocker as he had one catch that went 38 yards on which he broke a tackle and went for a touchdown.
Jamie Collins only recorded 4 tackles but was a productive pass-rusher for the Patriots as he was able to use his speed to get around the Dolphins offensive line.