Dolphins foil comeback bid, beat Patriots 24-20 - NBC Sports

Dolphins foil comeback bid, beat Patriots 24-20
Miami Dolphins running back Marcus Thigpen (34) celebrates his touchdown with running back Lamar Miller (26) during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
December 15, 2013, 4:17 pm

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Tom Brady's latest comeback bid came up short, and the Miami Dolphins helped their playoff chances with a 24-20 breakthrough victory Sunday over the AFC East-leading New England Patriots.

A fourth-down pass from Brady was intercepted by reserve safety Michael Thomas in the end zone with 2 seconds left, and Miami held on to win.

The Patriots had mounted second-half rallies to win their past three games, and Brady moved them from their own 20 with 1:15 remaining to the Miami 14. But he threw three consecutive incompletions before Thomas sealed the third consecutive victory for the Dolphins (8-6), who improved to 5-2 since tackle Jonathan Martin left the team in a bullying scandal.

Miami snapped a streak of seven consecutive losses against the Patriots (10-4).


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