Josh Gordon Plays Well
Josh Gordon played well and has mastered the art of the inside slant. He had five catches for 96 yards. His performance will likely be forgotten given the Pats collapse at the end. Gordon knows losses like this are tougher in New England than when he was with Cleveland because there are playoff implications.
"I think, when things are going your way for a period of time, the season ebbs and flows, and when things are going great, you're feeling good. When all of a sudden they're not, it just depends on how you're going to bounce back. Being here, I think we've got a tough group of guys. We can handle it. We can bounce back. We're on to Pittsburgh now at this point. It's a tough way to leave Miami, but we're here now," Gordon said.
Defense Improved In the Second Half Until the Last Play
Until the last play, the Pats defense had only given up seven points in the second half after giving up 21 points in the first half. The Pats did a better job of stopping the Dolphins big plays in the second half. The Pats stopped the Dolphins on a critical third and four when Kenny Stills dropped the pass in the fourth quarter. John Simon also sacked Ryan Tannehill on a third and one in the fourth quarter. It was a nice sack by Simon. Trey Flowers was not on the field for the Dolphins touchdown drive in the third quarter. Flowers had two sacks on the Dolphins final drive in the first half. He also forced a fumble at the beginning of the third quarter. At times, though, in the first half he struggled to set the edge.
Tom Brady Takes Blame For Giving Up Sack At the End of First Half
The Pats had it third and two at the Miami two just before the end of the first half. Brady took a costly sack that prevented a field goal. Time expired because the Pats could not spike the ball since it was fourth down and they did not have enough time to get the field goal unit on the field.
That was a terrible play by me,” Brady said. “That should never happen. I lost track. I thought we had one time out. We called the one, and we ran a couple plays, and I was just not thinking on third down. So it was just a play that should never happen.”
Notes: Danny Shelton (who the Pats could have used in run defense), Duke Dawson, Keionta Davis, Derek Rivers, Dwayne Allen, James Ferentz and CB Keion Crossen were inactive. Cordarrelle Patterson had a great 37-yard touchdown catch in the first half. A lot of empty seats at Hard Rock Stadium. Adam Butler made a nice run stuff.