Tom Brady threw an ill-advised pass and A.J. Feeley threw a beauty, finally giving the Miami Dolphins something to savor in their long, miserable season: an upset of the New England...
MIAMI Tom Brady threw an ill-advised pass and A.J. Feeley threw a beauty, finally giving the Miami Dolphins something to savor in their long, miserable season: an upset of the New England Patriots.
With Brady’s ugly interception providing an opening, Miami scored two touchdowns in the final 2:07 to stun the Patriots 29-28 last night.
The much-maligned Feeley threw for the winning score, a 21-yard touchdown pass to Derrius Thompson on fourth-and-10 with 1:23 left.
The stunning victory rivaled the biggest in Dolphins’ history, because they have rarely been so woeful. Miami (3-11) avoided being swept by AFC East opponents this season.
“I keep asking everybody, ‘Is it real?’ ” said linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, who made the pivotal interception. “It’s a big-time win. I can’t believe it.”
New England (12-2), which has already clinched the AFC East championship, lost ground to Pittsburgh (13-1) in the race for a first-round playoff bye and home-field advantage. The defeat was the second in 29 games for the defending Super Bowl champions.
The Patriots appeared to secure a win when Brady threw his third touchdown pass, a 2-yarder to Daniel Graham for a 28-17 lead with 3:59 left.
“That’s a situation we’re usually pretty good in,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “We weren’t tonight. It wasn’t about intensity. It was about execution.”
The Dolphins, wearing orange jerseys for the second time, drove 68 yards to score on Sammy Morris’ 1-yard run with 2:07 remaining, and then came Brady’s uncharacteristic mistake.
On third down, he threw as he was being sacked by Jason Taylor. The off-balance pass sailed directly to Ayanbadejo, giving Miami a first down at the Patriots’ 21 with 1:45 to go.
On fourth down, Thompson beat Troy Brown a receiver who doubles as a fifth cornerback and made the winning catch in the end zone.
“We’ve been on the losing end of so many drives like that,” Feeley said. “It feels good to come out on top.”
Brady’s fourth interception, a desperation throw picked off by Arturo Freeman with 58 seconds left, sealed the upset. The takeaways offset a 121-yard rushing performance by New England’s Corey Dillon, a former standout for the UW Huskies and Franklin High School in Seattle.
“We really didn’t play that well defensively,” Taylor said. “But we made enough plays to win the ballgame. That’s all that matters.”
New England lost after leading at halftime for the first time in 32 games.