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Dolphins sweep Patriots as New England heads to playoffs as wild-card team

Chris Simms can't imagine Miami's offense being able to do much against New England's defense in Week 18 and believes it will be Tua Tagovailoa last game as the quarterback of the Dolphins.

The Dolphins’ season is over, but they went out on a high note. Miami swept the Patriots for the first time since 2000.

The Dolphins opened the season with a 17-16 victory over the Patriots. They ended the season with a 33-24 victory over New England.

The Patriots needed a win and a Bills’ loss to the Jets to clinch the division title, and neither happened. New England (10-7) heads to the postseason as a wild-card team.

The Dolphins (9-8) miss the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season despite winning eight of their final nine games after a 1-7 start. They finished with a winning record for the second consecutive season.

Duke Johnson rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 25 attempts as the Dolphins rushed for 195 yards.

Tua Tagovailoa completed 15 of 22 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. He also had five carries for 38 yards, including an 11-yarder for a first down with 1:48 left. Jaylen Waddle caught five passes for 27 yards and a touchdown.

The Patriots had three turnovers, including two by quarterback Mac Jones, and had eight penalties for 78 yards. Jones finished 20-of-30 for 261 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also lost a fumble on a bad exchange with backup center Ted Karras after David Andrews had an equipment problem.

Xavien Howard returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown on the Patriots’ first possession.

Hunter Henry caught five passes for 86 yards.