The New England Patriots ended their season with a loss to the Miami Dolphins, but it will end up being meaningless after the Colts fell to the Jaguars and booted themselves out of the playoffs.
Indianapolis, with a win, would have ended up 10-7 on the season. With the tiebreaker over the Patriots after their win against the team just a couple of weeks ago, the Colts had a layup to get to the playoffs — instead, they fell to the 14-loss Jaguars.
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With that, New England will be the No. 5 seed and will take on the Bills in Buffalo, either Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, if the Chargers win tonight. If the Raiders win, New England will be the No. 6 seed and will take on the Bengals in Cincinnati.
New England opened the affair against the Dolphins with a touchdown surrendered on the opening drive, before Xavien Howard picked off Mac Jones on the Patriots’ opening drive and took it back 37 yards for a pick-six.
Brandon Bolden took it into the end zone with a 15-yard run to make it 17-7 early in the second quarter, and the Patriots made it a one-score game with a field goal to open the second half. But Miami responded with a touchdown of their own and followed up a fumble recovery with a field goal to make it 27-10.
Bolden picked up his second touchdown of the day with an 18-yard touchdown, and New England took advantage of a Miami three-and-out with another touchdown — as Damien Harris’ 1-yard run made it 27-24 with just under three minutes left.
That would end up being too little time left on the clock for the Patriots, as they got the ball with three seconds left on the 2-yard line following a Miami punt, and a lateral was picked off by Sam Eguavoe for a pick-six. That would seal the deal, as the Dolphins grabbed a season-ending 33-24 win over the Patriots.