Dol­phins pull off a stun­ner in fi­nale

Fitz­patrick di­rects late game-win­ning drive to shock Pats

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS MONDAY - By Omar Kelly


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Maybe the mighty New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots aren’t so mighty any­more?

Or is it that the re­build­ing Mi­ami Dol­phins have fi­nally closed the gap on the reign­ing AFC East jug­ger­nauts, who have won the di­vi­sion ev­ery year for 11 con­sec­u­tive sea­sons?

While the Dol­phins have split the sea­son se­ries with the Pa­tri­ots six of the past seven sea­sons, Mi­ami hadn’t beaten New Eng­land in Foxborough since the Wild­cat game of 2008.

It seemed as if quar­ter­back Tom Brady was go­ing to ex­tend the Pa­tri­ots’ run of dom­i­nance at home when he led New Eng­land on an eight-play, 60-yard scor­ing drive late in the fourth quar­ter.

But quar­ter­back Ryan Fitz­patrick had one more Fitz­magic drive in him, tak­ing the spunky Dol­phins on a 13-play, 75-yard drive that de­liv­ered a stun­ning 27-24 win with a 5-yard touch­down pass to tight end Mike Gesicki in the game’s fi­nal minute.

“Ev­ery­one was writ­ing us off. Ev­ery­one had some­thing to say. All we did was come to work ev­ery day,” said Gesicki, who fin­ished the sea­son with 51 re­cep


Quar­ter­back Ryan Fitz­patrick re­acts with team­mates after his rush­ing touch­down gave the Dol­phins a 17-10 lead in the third quar­ter Sun­day.


Safety Adrian Col­bert kneels in cel­e­bra­tion after the Dol­phins up­set the Pa­tri­ots on Sun­day. The Pa­tri­ots have won the AFC East for 11 con­sec­u­tive sea­sons.

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