BOSTON (CBS) — New England’s struggles in Miami have reached new heights.
The Miami Dolphins lateraled their way to a surprise victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday, with Kenyan Drake turning a last-second, last-ditch play into a 52-yard touchdown.
New England’s prevent defense was a little overzealous on the 69-yard score by the Dolphins, and Rob Gronkowski couldn’t catch up to Drake as he rumbled into the end zone for the 34-33 win over the Patriots.
“I didn’t think it was going to get to me and then I saw the guy trucking down the field,” Gronkowski said after the game. “You saw what happened from there.
“I did trip a little bit, but that’s football. That’s why they say it’s a game of inches,” Gronkowski added. “A split-second right there. That gave me a lesson that shows that’s true.”
It all started when the Patriots settled for a field goal on their last possession of the game, giving them a 33-28 lead with seven seconds left. The Patriots left points on the field on a few different occasions throughout Sunday’s loss, and it came back to bite them in a big way.
The Dolphins had just one play following New England’s kickoff, which was returned to the Miami 31. Ryan Tannehill threw a short pass to Kenny Still that went for 14 yards before he lateraled it to fellow receiver Devonte Parker. After going three yards down the field, Parker lateraled to Drake, who burst up the right sideline 52 yards for the game-winning score.
“That’s as tough as it gets,” New England receiver Josh Gordon said following the loss.
The win kept Miami (now 7-6 on the season) in contention for the playoffs, while keeping the Patriots (9-4) from clinching their 10th straight AFC East title. They now have to try to bounce back next week against the Steelers in Pittsburgh.
“I’ve had some pretty tough losses in my career,” said quarterback Tom Brady, who threw for three touchdowns and 358 yards in the defeat. “I’ve had a lot of tough losses. We’ve got a lot of football left and we’ll play better next week.”