Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/2/12
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - New England is efficient enough without help, but Miami mistakes led to 17 first-half points for the Patriots, who defeated the Dolphins 23-16 Sunday to clinch their ninth AFC East title in 10 years. The Patriots won their sixth straight game as they improved to 9-3 and guaranteed a 12th straight winning season. A fumbled snap on a punt, a roughing-the-kicker penalty, and New England's 19th fumble recovery and 25th takeaway, best in the NFL, were converted to 17 points. It gave the Patriots control of the game, and they never relinquished it. The Patriots' offense that rolled up 108 points in the previous two games and score 219 points in the in the previous five wins wasn't as productive against the Dolphins. Tom Brady, who has been close to perfect for much of the season, threw for 238 yards, completing 24 of 40 passes with a touchdown and an interception. His game rating was 74.8. Miami's Ryan Tannehill struggled against the Patriots defense, thro...
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