New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins RECAP, score and stats | NFL Week 14
The New England Patriots (10-2), led by quarterback Tom Brady, met the Miami Dolphins (5-7), led by quarterback Jay Cutler, in an AFC East matchup in NFL Week 14 on Monday Night Football on December 11, 2017 (12/11/17) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.
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Here’s the AP recap:
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins wore their perfect season uniforms, and for at least one game in 2017, they looked the part.
Tom Brady was intercepted twice by Xavien Howard and held without a third-down conversion Monday night, and Miami snapped the New England Patriots’ eight-game winning streak with a surprising 27-20 victory.
The Dolphins (6-7) were 11-point underdogs at home, but they kept the Patriots (10-3) from clinching their ninth consecutive AFC East title — at least for another week.
“It was a bad night,” Brady said. “We’ve had a lot of good nights this year. This was a bad night.”
Brady went 24 for 43 for 233 yards and one touchdown. Miami sacked him twice and hit him five times, and held the Patriots to 25 yards rushing. New England was 0 for 11 on third down.
“Our focus every game is to hit the quarterback as hard as we can and make him uncomfortable,” defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said. “I think we did a pretty good job of it.”
A Brady touchdown pass cut the deficit to 10 points with 13 minutes left, but the Patriots’ next three possessions netted 5 yards. After a New England field goal, Miami sealed the victory by recovering an onside kick with 53 seconds to go.
“This gives us a boost,” Cutler said. “Winning is what keeps you in this game. The locker room after a game, there’s nothing like it.”
The Dolphins wore their 1972 uniforms, and for the first time in four prime-time appearances this season, they rose to the occasion. Miami tried to turn the game into a laugher in the third quarter when Landry caught a touchdown pass and then set the ball down in the end zone and pumped it repeatedly — a reference to the Patriots’ Deflategate scandal.
“It’s all about taking the air out of the ball,” Landry said.
Coach Adam Gase beat New England for the first time in four tries. His team snapped the Patriots’ 14-game road winning streak, second-best ever behind San Francisco’s 18 in a row from 1988-90.
Gase threw a lot of wrinkles at the Patriots early, with tight end MarQueis Gray and receivers Landry and Jakeem Grant taking turns lining up in the backfield.
“We used a lot of guys,” Cutler said. “We were mixing it up. Adam was dialing it up well.”
Cutler spun out of the grasp of blitzing safety Jordan Richards to throw a completion that kept Miami’s first touchdown drive going.
The 5-foot-7 Grant made a leaping catch against Malcolm Butler for his first career touchdown reception, a 25-yarder.
Meanwhile, the Patriots sputtered without tight end Rob Gronkowski, who served a one-game suspension for a late hit to the head of an opponent.
“We got beat in all three areas of the game,” coach Bill Belichick said.
Brady underthrew an open Brandin Cooks deep, and Howard closed for the interception and a 29-yard return to set up a touchdown. Howard also had two interceptions a week ago against Denver.
Brady came into the game with only four interceptions all season.
The temperature was 55 degrees at kickoff — frosty by Miami standards — and the Patriots were sluggish from the outset. They were outgained 123 yards to 2 in the first quarter, when Brady went 0 for 4 with an interception.
The Dolphins’ Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas and Julius Thomas knelt in protest during the national anthem, as they’ve done for most of the season. Stills was nominated by his teammates last week for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
Patriots DT Alan Branch left the game with a knee injury. Starting S Patrick Chung limped off in the final minute.
The Patriots visit AFC North champion Pittsburgh on Sunday in a possible playoff preview.
The Dolphins play the Bills in two of their final three games, including Sunday at Buffalo.
Here’s what you need to know:
When: Monday, Dec. 11, 2017
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami
Time: 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Line: Patriots -11
Patriots notes: QB TOM BRADY leads NFL with 109.7 rating. Passed for 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 114.1 rating in last meeting. In past 4 vs. Mia., has 11 TDs vs. 1 INT for 119.9 rating. Is 1 of 4 in NFL history with 65,000+ pass yards (65,214). Has 55 career wins in December, most by starting QB in any calendar month in league annals. Has 3,632 pass yards in 2017 & can become 3rd player with 9 4,000+ yard seasons. * RB REX BURKHEAD had 103 scrimmage yards (78 rush, 25 rec.) with 2 rush TDs in Week 13. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TDs. Had 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. RB DION LEWIS has 110+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3 meetings. Had career-high 112 rush yards in last meeting. Has 204 rush yards (102 per game) in past 2. RB JAMES WHITE has 51 catches, 3rd most among AFC RBs. * WR BRANDIN COOKS had TD catch in last meeting. Had 85+ rec. yards in 3 of past 5 on road. WR DANNY AMENDOLA had 2 TDs in 9/18/16 meeting. TE DWAYNE ALLEN had 3 TD catches in last game on Monday night (12/5/16 with Ind.). * DE TREY FLOWERS had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. DE ELANDON ROBERTS had career-high 2 sacks in last game vs. Mia. CB STEPHON GILMORE had INT in last meeting. S DURON HARMON has 2 INTs in past 3. Has 4 INTs in past 6 vs. Mia. LB KYLE VAN NOY had sack in last meeting. Has 2 sacks in past 3. DT MALCOM BROWN has 1.5 sacks in past 2 on road.
Dolphins notes: QB JAY CUTLER passed for 2 TDs last week. Has 2+ TDs in 5 of his past 6. In last game vs. NE, passed for 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 108.6 rating. * RB KENYAN DRAKE had career-high 120 rush yards & TD in Week 13. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3 at home. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. Had TD catch in last meeting. * WR JARVIS LANDRY had TD in last home meeting. Aims for 7th in row vs. NE with 6+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. Has 4 TDs in past 5 at home. Aims for 3rd in row at home vs. division with TD. Has 5+ catches in all 12 games in 2017. Is 1st player in NFL history with 80+ catches in each of 1st 4 seasons. WR KENNY STILLS had 98 rec. yards & TD last week. Has 278 rec. yards (139 per game) with 2 TDs in past 2 at home. Has 5 TDs in past 6 vs. division. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 meetings. TE JULIUS THOMAS had TD catch in Week 13. Has 3 TDs in past 5. * DOLPHINS became 3rd team in NFL history with 2 safeties & INT-TD in single game in Week 13. CB XAVIEN HOWARD had 2 INTs, incl. 30-yard INT-TD, & 5 PD in Week 13. S RESHAD JONES had 13 tackles & 14-yard FR-TD in last meeting. Is 1 of 2 NFL safeties (LANDON COLLINS) with 85+ tackles (85) & 2+ INTs (2). LB KIKO ALONSO has 8+ tackles in 3 of past 4. DE CAMERON WAKE had sack in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of past 3. In past 9 vs. division, has 10 sacks, 3 FFs & INT. Since entering league in 2009, has 89.5 sacks, most in NFL. — NFL Communications