Game replay: Dolphins sweep Patriots for first time since 2000

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MIAMI GARDENS — The Dolphins close out a disappointing season today by hosting the playoff-bound New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium.

The Dolphins are 8-8 and coming off a 34-3 drubbing by Tennessee that ended their playoff hopes. The Patriots are 10-6.

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7:30 p.m. | Dolphins end season with fumble-recovery touchdown

Miami ends its 2021-22 season with a fumble-recovery touchdown as a lateral on the Patriots' desperation final play lands in the arms of Sam Eguavoen in the end zone.

Final: Miami Dolphins 33, New England Patriots 24. The Dolphins finished the season with a winning record at 9-8.

7:22 p.m. | Dolphins convert late first down

Miami is in control late after quarterback Tua Tagovailoa scrambled 11 yards to convert third-and-8 at midfield just after the two-minute warning.

The Dolphins lead New England 27-24 with 1:48 left in the fourth quarter. The Patriots have just one timeout remaining.

7 p.m. | Patriots narrow Dolphins lead

Miami's lead over New England is down to two possessions after the New England Patriots managed their first touchdown drive of the second half. Former Dolphins back Brandon Bolden took a short reception for his second score of the day.

Miami leads New England 27-17 with 6:26 to play in the fourth quarter.

6:30 p.m. | Duke Johnson touchdown extends Dolphins lead

The renaissance of Dolphin running back Duke Johnson continues after the Miami native and former Hurricanes standout rumbled in for the first touchdown of the second half.

Johnson's touchdown extended the Dolphins' lead to 24-10 with 4:31 remaining in the third quarter. Johnson has 15 carries for 94 yards and a touchdown so far against the Patriots.

6 p.m. | Dolphins lead Patriots at halftime

The Miami Dolphins lead the New England Patriots 17-7 at halftime in Miami Gardens.

QuarterTua Tagovailoa finished the half 12 of 17 for 92 yards and a touchdown with a 103.1 rating. Duke Johnson leads the Dolphins on the ground with 12 carries for 62 yards.

5:16 p.m. | Patriots cut into Dolphins lead

Former Dolphins running back Brandon Bolden rumbles in on third down to give the Patriots their opening points of the afternoon.

Despite their 10-point deficit, New England is averaging 6.4 yards per play midway through the second quarter. Miami leads 17-7 with 7:36 left until half.

5:10 p.m. | Dolphins extend lead with Jason Sanders field goal

The Miami Dolphins are out to a 17-0 lead after placekicker Jason Sanders knocked down a 30-yard field goal. Miami is outgaining the Patriots by more than 100 total yards of offense early in the second quarter.

4:42 p.m. | Xavien Howard pick-six of Mac Jones

The Dolphins are rolling early after Xavien Howard jumps a Mac Jones third-down pass and returns the interception for a touchdown. The interception came on Jones' first pass of the afternoon.

The Miami Dolphins have pounced on the New England Patriots early and lead 14-0 with 6:07 left in the first quarter.

4:36 p.m. | Tua hits Jaylen Waddle for opening touchdown

Minutes after setting the NFL's rookie receptions record, Jaylen Waddle opened the scoring for the Miami Dolphins with a 7-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in the corner of the end zone.

Tagovailoa went 7-of-7 passing for 54 yards on the drive, hitting Waddle while rolling out on a gutsy fourth-down play call. Waddle caught four passes for 25 yards on the drive. Dolphins lead 7-0 with 7:34 remaining in the first quarter.

4:30 p.m. | Jaylen Waddle breaks NFL rookie receptions record

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle broke the NFL rookie receptions record with his second catch of the Dolphins' opening drive.

Pahokee great Anquan Boldin held the previous record of 101 receptions in 2003.

4:25 p.m. | Patriots win toss and defer

The Miami Dolphins will begin on offense after the New England Patriots call heads, win the toss and defer.

The New England Patriots (10-6) enter this afternoon's contest with playoff seeding on the line as Bill Belichick's crew can finish anywhere from the No. 2 to 6 seed in the AFC playoffs.

The Dolphins (8-8) are looking to clinch a winning season, but are eliminated from playoff contention.

2:55 p.m. | Miami Dolphins inactives: Preston Williams out again

Receiver Preston Williams is inactive for today's game.

Williams will end this season inactive for seven games and having played eight.

MIAMI DOLPHINS INACTIVES

WR Preston Williams

RB Salvon Ahmed

LB Darius Hodge

LB Vince Biegel

TE Hunter Long

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS INACTIVES

LB Dont'a Hightower

FS Kyle Dugger

RB J.J. Taylor

TE Devin Asiasi

QB Jarrell Stidham

This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: Miami Dolphins sweep New England Patriots for first time since 2000

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