Dec 15, 2013 at 6pm UK at ​Sun Life Stadium
New England Patriots
20-24
Miami Dolphins
FT
3
Q1
0
7
Q2
7
Wallace (0:32)
0
Q3
3
Edelman (4:07)
10
Q4
14
Thomas (14:54), Thigpen (1:15)

Live Commentary: New England Patriots 20-24 Miami Dolphins - as it happened

Mike Wallace #11 of the Miami Dolphins makes a catch in front of Kyle Arrington #25 of the New England Patriots during a game at Sun Life Stadium on December 15, 2013
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Relive our coverage of the New England Patriots' game against AFC East rivals the Miami Dolphins.

The Miami Dolphins prevented the New England Patriots from clinching the AFC East this week by beating their divisional rivals 24-20.

The Patriots took a 10-0 lead with Michael Hoomanawanui scoring a second-quarter touchdown, but Mike Wallace got the Dolphins back into contention before half time.

Daniel Thomas and Marcus Thigpen also found the end zone for the home side in the fourth quarter, while Julian Edelman added a second touchdown for the Patriots.

Read how all the action unfolded below:


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9.06pmThat's all from this game, but stick around for results from all of today's NFL games, and join us again later tonight/ in the early hours of tomorrow morning for coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers' game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Until then, thanks for joining me this evening, goodbye.

9.05pmThe win also puts the Dolphins up to sixth in the AFC, making them a contender for a wild card place in the playoffs. While Tannehill and the offense performed well for the home side, it was the decision by the coaches to leave the offense on the field on fourth and eight, which eventually led to the Thigpen touchdown. The defense also put in an impressive shift late on to stop Brady leading a Patriots comeback.

9.03pmFourth quarter touchdowns from Daniel Thomas and Marcus Thigpen mean that the Patriots will have to wait another week to secure their place in the playoffs. The result has implications for four other teams though, as the Bills, Jaguars, Raiders and Browns are all eliminated from the post-season race with this result.

9.01pmRyan Tannehill comes back on with the offense for the last couple of seconds to take a knee, ending the game, and giving the Dolphins their first win over the Patriots since 2009.

Q4 0:00END OF FOURTH QUARTER: New England Patriots 20-24 Miami Dolphins

Q4 0:00INTERCEPTION! Brady targets Collie, but Michael Thomas puts himself between the quarterback and his target, and manages to pick off the pass, securing the win for the Dolphins.

Q4 0:07On third down, Brady looks for Hoomanawanui, but once again the Dolphins defend well, stopping him from getting to the ball. It's all or nothing on this next play for the Patriots.

Q4 0:12Brady target Edelman, and the wide receiver gets his fingertips to the ball, but he can't make the catch. The Patriots should get chance for another two attempts.

Q4 0:16Edelman makes a catch to move New England into the red zone, but the Patriots have to use their last time out. Brady picks out Amendola on the edge of the end zone, and he jumps up high to take the catch, but Michael Thomas, who was covering Amendola, knocked it from his hands on the way down.

Q4 0:37The Patriots are really going for this! Brady sticks with Amendola, and the receiver picks up 24 yards to move the visitors to the 31. This is good progress by New England.

Q4 0:57Incompletions to Amendola and Edelman force the Patriots to keep their offense on the field for the fourth down needing eight yards. The Dolphins take a timeout to prepare themselves, knowing that a stop will be all but secure the win, but Brady manages to find Amendola for the first down.

Q4 1:05Brady starts the drive from the 20-yard line, immediately finding Amendola for a first down, before Vereen takes it to the New England 33.

Q4 1:15A run from Matthews moves the Dolphins into field goal range, but Tannehill manages to find Marcus Thigpen, who had lost Hightower with a well-timed run towards the end zone, for a 14-yard touchdown, while Sturgis adds the extra point to leave the Patriots needing a touchdown.

Q4 1:15TOUCHDOWN! Patriots 20-24 Dolphins (Thigpen)

Q4 2:00TWO MINUTE WARNING! Tannehill gets the ball to Carroll for three yards before the two minute warning timeout. The Dolphins will resume at the New England 41-yard line.

Q4 2:41SACK! The Dolphins start their drive from a strong position, but the quarterback is sacked for a loss of six on second down. On fourth down, the offense stays on the field, and Clay manager to convert for the first down.

Q4 4:07Brady tries a short pass to Edelman but it's incomplete. However, he goes for the wide receiver again on the next play, and Edelman catches it and dashes into the end zone for a 24-yard score. Gostkowski's extra point effort is good, leaving New England three points ahead.

Q4 4:07TOUCHDOWN! Patriots 20-17 Dolphins (Edelman)

Q4 4:57Brady keeps the first downs coming with passes to Amendola, Edelman and Collie, quickly getting the Patriots into Miami territory.

Q4 6:45Tannehill starts the Dolphins' drive with a deep pass intended for Wallace, but the throw comes up slightly short with Arrington covering the wide receiver. Miller manages to pick up six yards, but another missed effort to Wallace results in a quick three and out for the home team.

Q4 7:45The 23-yard attempt is easy picking for Gostkowski, and leaves the Patriots four points behind their AFC East rivals. Given the length of the previous drive, the visitors will probably be disappointed not to have come away with the touchdown.

Q4 7:45FIELD GOAL! Patriots 13-17 Dolphins (Gostkowski)

Q4 7:49After a series of incompletions, the 16-play drive will end with a field goal attempt for the Patriots as Gostkowski comes back on the field for New England.

Q4 8:42The Patriots continue to patiently work their way down field. Brady finds Edelman to move the visitors into the red zone again.

Q4 13:27The Patriots have to start their drive deep inside their own territory, but receptions by Amendola, Collie and Edelman soon move the visitors out to their own 38. There seems to be an increased urgency about the Patriots now.

Q4 14:54With the first play of the fourth quarter, Tannehill tosses the ball out wide to running back Daniel Thomas, who dashes into the end zone for a two-yard touchdown, while Sturgis adds the extra point.

Q4 14:54TOUCHDOWN! Patriots 10-17 Dolphins (Thomas)

Q3 0:00END OF THIRD QUARTER: New England Patriots 10-10 Miami Dolphins

Q3 0:35After Miller fails to take the ball in, Tannehill is forced to throw it away as he comes under pressure, but Fletcher is flagged for pass interference, giving the Dolphins a first down. That's the Patriots first penalty of the game, and what a position to give it away in.

Q3 3:33Tannehill makes a strong start to the Dolphins drive, knowing that points here would give the home side the lead for the first time today. The quarterback finds Hartline with a 17-yard pass for a quick first down, before picking him out again with a 15-yard throw two plays later. Hartline and Wallace have just had too much pace for the Patriots defense this afternoon.

Q3 5:17SACK! Cameron Wake is the first Dolphin to sack Tom Brady today, as he drags the Patriots quarterback down for a loss of seven to stop New England from converting on third down. Allen punts the ball away.

Q3 5:42Brady looks to the run game as the Patriots look to rebuild a lead. Ridley gets a first down from two carries, but a short gain and an incompletion from Boyce leave the visitors needing eight yards on third down.

Q3 7:31It's a much smoother attempt this time around for the Dolphins, as Fields gets the ball held in time for Caleb Sturgis to add three points from 32 yards out and tie up the scores.

Q3 7:31FIELD GOAL! Patriots 10-10 Dolphins (Sturgis)

Q3 7.34Miller is given a couple of chances to run the ball into the end zone, but he can't find the gaps, so Sturgis will come out for another field goal attempt to tie the scores. Fields will be hoping that he can avoid a repeat of the last attempt.

Q3 9:32Wallace continues to be Tannehill's preferred target, as he finds the receiver for a 13-yard gain and a first down before Hartline makes a reception, bringing in a 19-yard pass to move the Dolphins into the red zone.

Q3 11:14NO FIELD GOAL! Gostkowski's effort curls just wide of the uprights, so the Patriots don't extend their lead.

Q3 11:22Brady makes a series of incomplete passes to Vereen, forcing Gostkowski to come on for another field goal try, this one will be from 48 yards.

Q3 12:11On third down, following a couple of short gains by Blount, Brady goes deep to Boyce, and the wide receiver manages to haul it in for a 30-yard gain, moving the Patriots to the Miami 30. That ties the Patriots' biggest play of the game so far.

Q3 15:00KICKOFF! Sturgis kicks off the second half for a touchback.

7.29pmMike Wallace leads the receivers with 83 yards, including that spectacular 39-yard touchdown just before half time. LeGarrette Blount is the leading rusher with 26.

7.25pmLet's take a look at some of the statistics. Brady has 14 completions from 18 attempts for 130 yards and a touchdown, while Tannehill has 171 yards from 12 completions and a touchdown. Tannehill has been sacked three times, while Brady has been well protected by his offensive line.

7.22pmSo a first Patriots touchdown for tight end Michael Hoomanawanui looked to have put the visitors in a good position heading into half time, but a moment of brilliance from Mike Wallace made sure that the Dolphins are still in the game at the break.

Q2 0:00END OF SECOND QUARTER: New England Patriots 10-7 Miami Dolphins

Q2 0:25Shane Vereen gets a couple of carries for the Patriots, but there's not enough time on the clock for the visitors to get themselves into a scoring position before half time.

Q2 0:32Mike Wallace dances through the Patriots defensive line to get the Dolphins back into contention just before half time. The wide receiver picks up a short ball from Tannehill before sprinting free of a couple of tackles for a 39-yard touchdown. Sturgis's extra point kick is good, leaving the Patriots just three point ahead.

Q2 0:32TOUCHDOWN! Patriots 10-7 Dolphins (Wallace)

Q2 0:45Tannehill finds Matthews again as the Dolphins move into New England territory, but there's a delay in play as Kyle Arrington is shaken up during the play.

Q1 0:59The Dolphins will have a little over 90 seconds to try and get themselves on the board. After a couple of incompletions, Tannehill finds Matthews with a deep pass down the sideline, picking up a 24-yard gain. He goes for a similar pass intended for Hartline on the next play, but can't repeat the move.

Q2 1:38Ridley moves the Patriots a little closer to the end zone before Brady tosses the ball towards the end zone in the direction of Michael Hoomanawanui. The tight end is being closely covered, but manages to bring the ball in with a single outstretched hand to score the first touchdown of the this game, and his first as a Patriot. Gostkowski adds the extra point.

Q2 1:38TOUCHDOWN! Patriots 10-0 Dolphins (Hoomanawanui)

Q2 1:54Stevan Ridley moves the Patriots into the red zone with a six-yard run. The running back has had problems with fumbling earlier in the season, but holds onto the ball well despite taking several hard hits as he's brought down at the 15-yard line.

Q2 2:00TWO MINUTE WARNING! Brady turns to Amendola, completing a trio of passes to the slot receiver to leave the Patriots on the edge of the red zone as the two minute warning timeout is taken.

Q2 3:35FUMBLE! It's a horrendous miscommunication between the field goal team which costs the Dolphins their attempt at the posts. Denney snaps the ball back for Field, who was acting as holder, but the punter wasn't ready, and only realises that the ball has been snapped when it hits him on the helmet! Ebner recovers at the New England 31 for the Patriots. What a disastrous play for Miami!

Q2 4:23SACK! Chandler Jones is the third Patriots player to bring down Tannehill. The next play is short of the first down, so Sturgis will come on for a field goal attempt.

Q2 6:27Wallace takes a rate rushing carry to move the Dolphins towards field goal range, picking up another first down. This is a promising looking drive for the home side.

Q2 7:05SACK! Tannehill is dropped for the second time today, with Vellano sacking the quarterback for a loss of five. He quickly turns it around by throwing the ball out wide for Wallace, who holds on for a 22-yard gain before being pushed out of bounds.

Q2 8:20A good punt from Fields leaves the Patriots starting their drive from their own two-yard line. Brady manages to complete short passes to Edelman and Boyce, while Blount picks up a yard on the run, but it's the first three and out of the game for the Patriots.

Q2 10:16INJURY UPDATE! The Dolphins have announced that defensive tackle Paul Soliai has an ankle injury and is questionable to return.

Q2 10:31On third down, Tannehill needs 13 yards, but can only gain 11 with a pass to Egnew, so Field will come on for another punt. The Dolphins are starting their drives well, but keep coming up short before they can get into field goal range.

Q2 12:33SACK! Kyle Arrington gets to Ryan Tannehill before he can get rid of the ball to sack the Dolphins quarterback for the 48th time this season, which is a new franchise record.

Q2 13:55After a fumble with the punt, the Dolphins have to start their drive from the six-yard line, but it's no problem for Tannehill, as he has plenty of time to spot Mike Wallace for a 12-yard gain. Two runs from Miller secure another first down for Miami as they quickly move towards midfield.

Q1 0:00END OF FIRST QUARTER! New England Patriots 3-0 Miami Dolphins

Q1 0:35Ridley rushes for 11 to give the Patriots a first down just inside Miami territory, but a good tackle from Shelby costs the Patriots three yards on the next play. On third down, Brady finds Vereen for six yards, but Rondo Jones makes sure that he gets no further, forcing the Patriots to send on their punter.

Q1 2:38Daniel Thomas takes over the running back duties and picks up two yards on the first play of the drive before Mike Wallace collects a short pass before being pushed out of bounds short of the first down. Clay gets open on third down, but Tannehill's pass doesn't find the tight end, making it a quick three and out for the home side.

Q1 3:53From just 22 yards out, it's an easy kick for Stephen Gostkowski to give the Patriots the lead at the end of a lengthy drive by the visitors.

Q1 3:53FIELD GOAL! Patriots 3-0 Dolphins (Gostkowski)

Q1 3:57Brady makes three attempts at the end zone, looking for Edelman, Amendola and Boyce on consecutive plays, but none of them manage to take the catch, so Gostkowski will come on for the field goal attempt.

Q1 5:21Boyce catches an eight-yard pass before being pushed out of bounds to leave the Patriots 13 yards from the end zone. Blount manages to get another first down though with a couple of short runs.

Q1 6:58Brady sticks with the passing game, connecting with Amendola for an eight-yard gain, before Edelman hauls in a 22-yard pass, leaving the visitors on the edge of the red zone.

Q1 7:42LeGarrette Blount gets the Patriots off to a quick start, rushing for 11 yards and the first down with the first play of the drive. Blount gets another couple of carries to take them to midfield, before Develin converts for another first down. Having mainly gone with short passes and runs so far, Brady looks to catch the Dolphins out with a deep pass intended for Edelman, but the wide receiver can't hold on.

Q1 11:06Miller continues to see plenty of the ball, rushing for four, but incompletions to Egnew and Matthews see the Dolphins come up short, bringing Fields on to punt.

Q1 11:22Miller is looking for another first down, but a heavy hit from Chandler Jones sees him lose a yard. At third and five, Tannehill throws the ball to the left for Matthews, who has to drag Fletcher with him, but he just manages to get the necessary distance. It's been a patient start to the game by the home side, who have not scored a touchdown on their opening drive since week two.

Q1 13:55The Dolphins turn to Lamar Miller for their opening couple of plays, and the running back doesn't disappoint, picking up gains of seven and eight to get a first down.

Q1 15:00KICKOFF! Stephen Gostowski gets the game underway.

6.01pmNew England have won the pre-game coin toss and decided to defer to the second half, so Miami will receive the kickoff.

6pmThe players are heading out ready for today's game. Here's a shot of the Patriots taking to the field, courtesy of the team's Twitter account.



5.55pmPREDICTION! With just a few minutes until kickoff, it's time to make a prediction. This is probably the best chance that the Dolphins have had to beat the Patriots in recent years, but with the division title on the line, I can't seen the Patriots letting this one slip away. Brady might not have his favourite targets on hand, but he'll find a way to get the ball to the likes of Edelman and Shane Vereen.

5.51pmBoth teams are coming into this game in reasonable form. The Dolphins have won three of their last four games, with their only defeat in the last month coming against the Carolina Panthers. The Patriots have lost just once in their last six, with their only loss also coming at the hands of the Panthers.

5.48pmThe Patriots have already beaten the Dolphins once this season, but needed a second-half comeback after trailling 17-3 at half time. Recent history is not on Miami's side though, as the Dolphins last win over New England came in 2009.

5.45pmWhile Ryan Tannehill has not earned the same plaudits as his Patriots counterpart this season, the Dolphins quarterback has put up remarkably similar stats so far this year, with 3,315 yards and 20 touchdowns. The number that counts though is, of course, wins, and the Dolphins are three behind the AFC East rivals heading into today's fixture.

5.43pmA lot has been made of Brady's ability to guide the Patriots to wins this season despite having a relatively inexperienced set of receivers. The veteran quarterback has 3,685 passing yards and 21 touchdowns so far this season.

5.41pmThe Dolphins have no fresh injury concerns. As it recent weeks, they'll be looking to split the running game between Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas, while Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline will continue to provide the threat through the air.

5.39pmThe big losses for the Patriots this evening will be wide receiver duo Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins, who are both injured. With tight end Rob Gronkowski now on injured reserves, that means quarterback Tom Brady will be without three of his four favourite targets so far this season. It could be a busy day for Julian Edelman!

5.36pmPATRIOTS INACTIVES: Barker, Beauharnais, Dobson, Buchanan, Bequette, Thompkins, Williams

5.34pmDOLPHINS INACTIVES: Arkin, Campbell, Rogers, Devlin, Francis, Taylor, Watkins

5.32pmGood evening, it's around half an hour until kickoff at the SunLife Stadium, where the New England Patriots will be looking to clinch the AFC East division. Let's take a look at the inactives for both teams...

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