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December 16, 2013

Dolphins 24, Patriots 20: Two-Minute Drill

BIG SHOWS

1. Julian Edelman — The 2013 Patriots MVP catches 13 more balls for 139 yards and shows nothing but sheer grit on his 39-yard TD.

2. Logan Mankins — Last time he played left tackle, he still had dreams of being a professional rodeo star, specializing in team roping. But when Nate Solder couldn’t answer the call, the veteran left guard did. And he performed pretty darn well under some extremely adverse conditions.

NO SHOWS

1. Dont’a Hightower — Seriously, he looked like my son, Ollie, trying to cover in flag football. Gave up the game-winning, Marcus Thigpen TD in the fourth and it wasn’t even close. Finished with 8 solo tackles, on which Miami gained 58 yards of offense, or 7.3 yards a play. Solid.

2. Kyle Arrington/Marquice Cole — Ryan Tannehill exploited these two whenever they stepped on the field. The object is not to tackle the receiver or push him out of bounds after he gets the first down, boys. A terrible day in coverage. These two weren’t the lone villains, but they’re the poster children of the week.

3. Danny Amendola — 10 catches, 131 yards ... Blah, blah, blah. Tom Brady threw this guy a perfect ball in the end zone with the game on the line and he dropped it. He bobbled it and it got pulled away. Make the play and we’re giving out hats and T-shirts for the AFC East title. But no! I’m telling you right now, old, reliable W.W. makes that play in his sleep.

4. Stephen Gostkowski — Common sense says you have to kick the ball on the field. And he didn’t. I waited for the “I slipped” excuse and didn’t get it. That, along with a missed 48-yarder to open the third quarter are reason enough for the extra “No Show” this week.

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