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Patriots defense just wilted in Miami heat

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — There were three factors Sunday to explain the Patriots’ 24-20 loss and why the defense couldn’t stop Ryan Tannehill in the fourth quarter.

The one factor the Patriots were willing to concede — the Dolphins simply made more plays down the stretch. They faced a third-and-16 on their 34, but Tannehill completed his next five passes for 55 yards to bring the Dolphins inside the red zone in the final two minutes. Included in that stretch was an incredible catch-and-run by Charles Clay, who slipped past Logan Ryan, Devin McCourty, Dane Fletcher, and Steve Gregory to barely convert a fourth-and-5; an amazing toe-tapping sideline catch by Rishard Matthews for 24 yards; and the clincher, a 14-yard catch-and-run by former college sprinter Marcus Thigpen, who burned past 270-pound Dont’a Hightower for the game-winning score.

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