The New England Patriots found themselves in do-or-die territory in Week 17, needing a win over the visiting Miami Dolphins to keep their playoff hopes alive. They delivered, beating their visiting division rivals with a final score of 23-21.
Thanks to the victory, the Patriots have improved their record to 8-8 on the year. They are now also in possession of the seventh postseason seed in the AFC, with a win over Buffalo next week clinching a playoff spot regardless of what happens elsewhere in the conference.
As for the Dolphins, they have now lost five in a row to drop from 8-3 to 8-8 and the No. 8 seed — losing out to the Patriots due to the divisional wins tiebreaker: New England has a 3-2 record in the AFC East, compared to Miami’s 2-3.
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