Originally written on Phin Nation  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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

Michael Vick: Jameis Winston is the future of the NFL

Report: No NFL team is moving to Los Angeles in 2015

Report: 49ers looking for young, offensive mind as next coach

Sheldon Richardson: I'm on the same level as JJ Watt

Kendrick Perkins: Rajon Rondo wanted out of Boston

Report: Jim Harbaugh being encouraged to take Michigan job

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Wolves trade Corey Brewer to the Rockets

Yankees trade Prado to Marlins for Eovaldi in 5-player deal

Brandon Browner fined $8K for throwing Brandon Gibson to turf

Report: Sharper, NFLers called spiked drinks 'horny juice'

Rex Ryan: My wife could coach Tom Brady

Peyton Siva jokes that Rick Pitino is in the mob

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell ejected for throwing punch

UNC wearing Jordan-era throwback uniforms

Brian Kelly: Justin Brent gets 'distracted,' is in my doghouse

Five free agent signings that should happen in 2015

Reporter asks Rajon Rondo awkward question about trade

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

Video: Grizzlies buy car for assistant who had his stolen

Video: LeBron takes pass to the face from Dion Waiters

New video of Ray Rice incident emerges

President Obama calls James Franco “James Flacco”

NBA games of the weekend: Rondo's Dallas debut, Bulls-Grizz

NFL 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!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Reporter asks Rondo awkward question

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Top 10 worst NBA related commercials of all-time

Phelps gets probation for DUI

NFL coaches on hot seat in Week 16

The Roy Williams-Terrell Owens horse collar turns 10

Most underpaid NFL players in 2014

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.