The task was simple for the Patriots on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium: beat the 4-11 Miami Dolphins and clinch a tenth consecutive first-round playoff bye.
But getting that victory was anything but simple, as Brian Flores, Ryan Fitzpatrick and company put up a tough fight for 60 minutes, rallying for the go-ahead touchdown with just 24 seconds left in the game.
It all added up to a shocking 27-24 Patriots loss. Combined with the Chiefs win over the Chargers, it means the Patriots finish the season at 12-4 and will play on Wild Card weekend for the first time in 10 years.
Without further ado, let's get to the Best & Worst from the Patriots' Week 17 defeat.