Patriots To Host Divisional Round Game On January 14
- Author: Julie Sanders Jan 02, 2017,
Jan 02, 2017, 16:24
The Bengals (6-9-1) missed out on the playoffs for the first time in six years, and haven't won a playoff game in 26 years, the sixth-longest streak in National Football League history. After Sunday's game, the Patriots will head into playoffs with all three phases playing well.
In his third start of the season, Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore finished 24 for 34 as he threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns against one interception. The sky is the limit.
Since the bye week, Edelman has 766 yards in 8 games, or 95.8 yards per game.
Brady acknowledged that he can see that the 27-year-old receiver is a quick study from his veteran experience. Brissett only needed to not lose the game, and he did that despite three Dolphins second-half touchdowns. The offense seems to click when Ajayi is the focal point, and going forward and into the Playoffs, an Ajayi-focused offense will likely become the norm. "The only part you want to remember is this taste, because at this point it's single elimination". Well, Floyd has done a pretty great job with his opportunities, is catching nearly everything that comes his way (even if he lands out of bounds), he's fighting for yards, and laying incredible blocks. They can win by throwing the ball 50 times (see: their first win over the New York Jets).
Brady was not sacked.
The Dolphins clinched a playoff berth last week by sneaking past a weak Bills team but this is "Patriots Week". Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh was invisible, which is a testament to RG Shaq Mason and C David Andrews. The problem there? He was that good and the Patriots' pass-rush was still mediocre.
As a unit, Miami's offense finished with 16 first downs (16 on passing plays and three on running plays), 286 yards of offense (205 passing yards and 75 rushing yards), and converted on 7-of-12 opportunities on third downs. Brown recorded three solo tackles and outplayed Valentine. The records didn't stop there on Sunday. He's really setting the tone for the rest of the defensive end rotation to play with energy and technique late into games.
New England finish the season with a 14-2 record and Brady in the form of his career, while Miami as sixth seeds will now have to contemplate a trip to Heinz Field to take on Pittsburgh in next week's wild card round.
Now that the Patriots have wrapped up their regular season, the question is which team in the AFC can compete with them in the playoffs? In addition to that the Patriots will have momentum, and a lot of it. He deserves every bit of praise that should now be coming his way. The Patriots, on the other hand, continued to spend the majority of their time on offense in Miami's zone. Down the stretch the New England Patriots have remained consistent.
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Having been beaten in Denver past year, Bill Bellichick's Patriots headed to South Florida determined to ensure their Foxborough home would be their venue throughout the post season and despite an attempted comeback from the Dolphins, Brady steered the team to victory and left Miami in the sixth seeded spot.