MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The T-shirts and hats were ready for distribution. Patriots equipment managers were prepared to place the “AFC East Champions” caps and shirts at the locker of each player when the Patriots finished their latest miracle comeback.
But it didn’t go their way this time. The Patriots didn’t make the big play. Danny Amendola couldn’t hang on to a touchdown pass in the end zone and Michael Hoomanawanui didn’t get the benefit of possible pass interference in the end zone and the Dolphins didn’t wet their pants.