Originally written on Phin Nation  |  Last updated 10/21/14
The Miami Dolphins fought and scratched and clawed against a superior Patriots team on Sunday.  However, the holes they dug for themselves early in the game ultimately proved to be too deep to dig out of.  The Dolphins viewed this game as a playoff game, because they knew if they lost they’d need to win out and get A LOT of help to reach the postseason.  Unfortunately, the Dolphins energy and motivation did not make it onto the field early on. The Dolphins went 3 and out on their opening possession and a bad snap on the punt attempt lead to the Patriots taking over inside of the Dolphins 20.  Of course, the Patriots capitalized because that’s what they do.  Before you could finish your first buffalo wing, the score was 7-0.  The Dolphins would kick a field goal to close the gap to 7-3 before the Patriots scored again making it 14-3.  On the Dolphins ensuing possession, the Patriots pressured and sacked Ryan Tannehill, causing him to fumble. This led directly to 3 more points by the Patriots.  Facing a 17-3 deficit, Tannehill led the Dolphins down the field on a 12 play, 80 yard touchdown drive capped off by a 2 yard run by the rookie QB. Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com Unfortunately, the second half was a display of ugly football and the Dolphins could not close the gap any further.  Both teams kicked 2 field goals in the 2nd half, which allowed the Patriots to improve to 9-3 on the season with a 23-16 victory.  This was a tough loss for the Dolphins, who fought the entire game long.  The defense, which had been so good against the high-octane Patriots, allowed a back-breaking 16 play, 77 yard field goal drive that ate up over 7 minutes of game clock.  The Dolphins were close, but ultimately fell short.  Even worse, the Dolphins lost Jake Long to a triceps injury that the team fears, could cost him the remainder of the season.  (cont’d on page 2, click below)
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ex-Bronco John Boyett punched cabbie, told cops to call Elway

Former NFL QB still feels effects of concussions every day

Robert Klemko given four-week suspension from The MMQB

Michael Vick: Percy Harvin won't be a monster here

Robert Griffin III 'guaranteed' to be back in Week 11

Urlacher: Cutler paid like elite QB, hasn’t produced like one

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Hoyer doesn’t think about getting benched for Manziel

Cardinals kicker blew $1,500 signing bonus on headphones

Ainge: Draft lottery reform would be 'better for the game'

Royals take Game 2 to even series with Giants

Report: Roger Goodell will have to testify in Ray Rice case

Blake Griffin accused of slapping man in Las Vegas club

PK Subban as Michaell Jackson at Canadiens' Halloween party

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and embracing newfound roles

One Direction promotes tour by acting like bandwagon NFL fans

Jimmy Howard unveils pink mask for 'Hockey Fights Cancer'

Louisville Athletic Dept. asking for donations at gas pump

Falcons make huge mistake with London infographic

DeMarco Murry surprises Cowboys linemen with iMacs

Jimbo Fisher's son reps for Winston on 'Superhero Day'

WATCH: Steve Ballmer freaks out while shown on Jumbotron

AUDIO: Rex Ryan pranks Sammy Watkins on conference call

Top storyline for each Week 8 NFL game

WATCH: Giants pitcher yells at Salvador Perez after HR

Dolphins News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Brian Urlacher rips Jay Cutler

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and embracing newfound roles

Top NFL storylines: Week 8

Kiffin's mom worried for son's safety

Report: Goodell will have to testify

Penguins do 'O Canada' following tragedy

UEFA Champions League midway report: Groups A – D

Porn star: No one parties like Janikowski

Report: Expect Florida to make a run at Bob Stoops

The San Francisco Giants are zombies

10 bold predictions for NFL Week 8

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.