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December 16, 2013

Dolphins 24, Patriots 20: Two-Minute Drill

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Secondary (F) ... The secondary’s play can be summed up in one play: Tannehill’s 4th-and-5 completion to Charles Clay to move the chains on the final drive. Logan Ryan’s effort, or lack thereof to meet and defeat his block was only slightly as pitiful as Devin McCourty’s tiptoe into the fray. Hey Devin, you’re a leader on this defense, act like it. Fire up into the play a la Troy Polamalu and at least try to make a hit. Bending over and attempting to arm tackle? Come on, man. Aqib Talib was not brought here to shut out No. 2 receivers ... for one half. Yet, that’s what we got from him yesterday, as Brian Hartline awoke in the second half and caught 5 balls for 70 yards.

ODDS AND ENDS FROM THE LOSS

1. Cincinnati’s loss in Pittsburgh last night might have helped the Pats in the race to the playoff bye, but it had to inject some life into the Ravens, who head to Detroit for tonight’s Monday Night Football collision and then host the Pats Sunday afternoon. Do you really want to see the Ravens or the Chiefs in Foxboro during the playoffs? Not me. ...

2. Give Miami credit for knowing their business. They threw two and three bodies at Chandler Jones much of the day yesterday. He was not going to beat the Dolhins yesterday. And neither was Rob Ninkovich. ...

3. The Josh Boyce Hall of Fame drive ended as abruptly as the Kenbrell Thompkins’ one did. You can’t play receiver in the NFL and bobble the football. ...

4. Tom Brady’s postgame mood and his abrupt, 55-second press conference should tell you plenty about the guy’s frustration level. Remember, the window is closing.

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