Dolphins stun Patriots on miracle, last-second circus play

The Patriots do not lose games like this, and yet they did.

The Dolphins stunned the Bill Belichick-coached team on Sunday with a 69-yard, lateral-filled last-play that ended in the end zone, turning a 33-28 Patriots victory into a 34-33 heatbreaker.

With seven seconds left from his own 31-yard line, quarterback Ryan Tannehill dropped back and passed to Kenny Stills near midfield. After dancing for a second, he pivoted and tossed to DeVante Parker, who gained a few yards before a soft toss to a streaking Kenyan Drake. The running back broke one tackle, slowed up and let blocks develop, and suddenly only had to beat Rob Gronkowski — Rob Gronkowski? — for the touchdown. Gronk was on the field in case a Hail Mary developed, and the move backfired as Drake beat the tight end to the end zone.

It is an enormous victory for the 7-6 Dolphins, fighting for their playoff life, and the 9-4 Patriots will take a hit in the hunt for home-field advantage.

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