Dolphins pull off a stunner in finale
Fitzpatrick directs late game-winning drive to shock Pats
DOLPHINS 27, PATRIOTS 24
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.