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New England Patriots links 12/30/19 - Bye bye: Wild Card Patriots enter playoffs the hard way

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NFL: Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
Elandon Roberts celebrates after his touchdown catch
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  • Mike Reiss recaps the shocking loss to the Dolphins and losing their first-round bye. ‘The Patriots’ much-vaunted defense couldn’t stop Ryan Fitzpatrick on a final 13-play, 75-yard drive culminating in a touchdown with 24 seconds remaining.’
  • Mark Daniels calls the last-minute loss to the Dolphins one of the most shocking upset losses at home in recent memory, and warns the result could be catastrophic.
  • Tom E. Curran points out the Patriots have some hard facts to face entering the playoffs. /Have your coffee first. ...and a muffin or or something easy to throw up after.
  • Doug Kyed gives us his Patriots-Dolphins Takeaways: New England is completely unpredictable.
  • Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned from Sunday’s loss.
  • Phil Perry’s Turning Point: DeVante Parker goes up and over Stephon Gilmore to propel game-winning drive.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Searching for bright spots in dumbfounding Dolphins loss.
  • Nick Goss presents his Pats-Fins instant overreactions: Abysmal pass offense costs Pats playoff bye.
  • Devon Clements (SI Patriots) Patriots’ playoff bye hopes spoiled by loss to Dolphins in regular-season finale.
  • Phil Perry examines the team’s psyche in the wake of a disheartening loss, as the Patriots were focused on remaining positive after losing out on a coveted playoff bye.
  • Mike Petraglia notes Patriots leaders insist they have character to ‘dig deep’ and put the horrible loss behind them.
  • Jacob Camenker relays Bill Belichick on why the Patriots didn’t call a timeout on the final drive of the first half.
  • Chris Chavez (SI) Tom Brady throws touchdown No. 540, surpasses Peyton Manning for No. 2 all-time. /of course it went to a linebacker.
  • Nick Goss lays out the playoff picture: Final AFC, NFC seeds, matchups, bracket after Week 17.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Murph help us with anger management after the loss. (28 min.)