Tony Lippett meets Michael Floyd and the Patriots

Tony Lippett meets Michael Floyd and the Patriots

But the result that cost the Bucs a place in the post-season was the Dallas Cowboys' 27-13 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles as tight end Zach Ertz notched two touchdown scores for 139 yards.

All of this ambition, blind or otherwise, will be packed up and shipped to Pittsburgh next weekend for the first Dolphins' playoff game since 2008.

The Patriots had lost their previous three games at Miami, including last season's regular season finale. "We know we still have a lot to play for". That breaks the record set by Nick Foles in the 2013 season.

The slot receiver hauled in eight receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown. They still have to prove it on the field over the next month, but unless some sort of unforeseen disaster befalls them in one of the two games they will play at Gillette Stadium, they should do so. For the season, Brady has completed 28 touchdown passes against just two interceptions - hitting on over 67 percent of his throws. Miami could come to Foxboro for the Divisional Round but would have to upset the Steelers in Pittsburgh next week.

Aside from his touchdown catch where he carried four Dolphins defenders into the end zone, he delivered a crushing block on Miami corner Tony Lippett to spring Julian Edelman for his 77-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Ultimately, points scored and surrendered is all that matters in football and the Patriots have been the best in that regard as their league-leading +191 scoring differential shows. Miami received the ball out of half time and made it a game with another 75-yard touchdown drive, this time needing 12 plays.

The Patriots responded right away. That has everything to do with Miami executing at a higher level and not worrying about the opponent they're facing.

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His defensive play has been solid all year, but as we all know, it's Jackson's skill on special teams that makes him the x-factor. He had started at QB for four teams that played for state small-school titles in high school at Brairwood High in Ashburn, Va.

Floyd Catching on Quickly: With Amendola and Mitchell out, Michael Floyd got about 40 snaps (unofficially) on offense today and had a couple of highlight-reel plays. But Brady has plenty of receiving options in the passing game. Brock Osweiler, who had been the starter for most of the year, finished 21-for-40 for 253 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Titans. "The guys were really ready to play, got off to a good start".

Regardless of the outcome of next week's game Dolphins deserve a round of applause.

The odds were in the Patriots favor before the game started.

LaGarrett Blount pounded his way into the endzone for a Patriots touchdown.

Quarterback Matt Moore, in for injured starting QB Ryan Tannehill, logged 205 passing yards, two touchdowns, and an interception on Sunday. There are no absolutes, however, when the regular season flips over to the demolition-derby round. The drive ended with Moore's 25-yard TD pass to Kenny Stills. Injuries and fatigue are suddenly in play in a way they weren't before. In Sunday's 35-14 win against the Miami Dolphins, Floyd had three receptions for 36 yards and a score.

The defense also did a good job of bottling up the Dolphins Jay Ajayi on the day.