Dolphins foil comeback bid, beat Patriots 24-20

Tom Brady’s latest comeback bid came up short, and the Miami

Dolphins helped their playoff chances with a 24-20 breakthrough

victory Sunday over the AFC East-leading New England Patriots.

A fourth-down pass from Brady was intercepted by reserve safety

Michael Thomas in the end zone with 2 seconds left, and Miami held

on to win.

The Patriots had mounted second-half rallies to win their past

three games, and Brady moved them from their own 20 with 1:15

remaining to the Miami 14. But he threw three consecutive

incompletions before Thomas sealed the third consecutive victory

for the Dolphins (8-6), who improved to 5-2 since tackle Jonathan

Martin left the team in a bullying scandal.

Miami snapped a streak of seven consecutive losses against the

Patriots (10-4).

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