MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert — Jay Cutler threw three touchdown passes, and the Miami Dolphins stunned the New England Patriots 27-20 to close out the Week 14 fixtures on Monday night.
THE GAME RECAP
Cutler completed 25 of 38 passes for 263 yards and finished without an interception for just the third time this season, as the Dolphins (6-7) remained in the NFL playoff talks.
“This gives us a boost,” Cutler said. “Winning is what keeps you in this game. The locker room after a game, there’s nothing like it.”
Cutler connected with Jarvis Landry for two touchdowns, found Jakeem Grant for another score, while Kenyan Drake ran for 114 yards and had 79 yards receiving for Miami.
Tom Brady went 24 for 43 for 233 yards and one touchdown, but was also intercepted twice by Xavien Howard, sacked two times and held without a third-down conversion for New England.
“It was a bad night,” Brady said. “We’ve had a lot of good nights this year. This was a bad night.”
Rex Burkhead ran for a score, but the Patriots went 0 for 11 on third-down efficiency and held to just 25 yards rushing.
The defeat snapped the New England’s (10-3) eight-game winning streak and delayed Brady and Co. their chance of clinching a ninth consecutive AFC East title for at least another week.
“We got beat in all three areas of the game,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said after the defeat.
The New England Patriots will make the visit to AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in what could possibly be a playoff preview. Pittsburgh has won eight straight games, the longest current active streak in the league.
The Dolphins, in confident spirits, will play the Bills in Buffalo on Sunday in a key AFC East battle. Miami will face the Bills in two of their final three games.
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NFL SCHEDULE – WEEK 14 Results
Thursday, December 7
Falcons 20, Saints 17 8:25pm NBC/NFLN
Sunday, December 10
Bills 13, Colts 7 (OT)
Panthers 31, Vikings 24
Bears 33, Bengals 7
Packers 27, Browns 21 (OT)
49ers 26, Texans 16
Chiefs 26, Raiders 15
Cowboys 30, Giants 10
Lions 24, Buccaneers 21
Cardinals 12, Titans 7
Broncos 23, Jets 0
Chargers 30, Redskins 13
Jaguars 30, Seahawks 24
Eagles 43, Rams 35
Steelers 39, Ravens 38
Monday, December 11
Dolphins 27, Patriots 20