NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New England Patriots didn’t have one more miracle finish in their repertoire.
They came close Sunday, but reserve safety Michael Thomas, playing in his first NFL game, intercepted Tom Brady’s fourth-down pass in the end zone with 2 seconds left and Miami held on to win 24-20, improving its playoff chances.
“We came up on the short end of the stick,” said Brady, whose Patriots are 10-4 and two games in front of Miami in the AFC East. “It wasn’t a good day. Just couldn’t make enough plays.”
The Patriots have made those plays throughout the season, including in tight victories over Denver, Cleveland, New Orleans, Houston and the New York Jets. This time, it was the Dolphins (8-6) who came through, snapping a seven-game losing streak against New England.
Miami is 5-2 since tackle Jonathan Martin left the team in a bullying scandal.
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