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Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler had three touchdowns and no interception helping his team defeat the New England Patriots 27-10. Patriots qb Tom Brady threw for one touchdown and had two interceptions.

1:41 | December 12, 2017 | Football, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, NFL

Game Information
Location: Hard Rock Stadium Miami Gardens, Florida
Attendance: 65,548

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) The Miami Dolphins wore their perfect season uniforms, and for at least one game in 2017, they looked the part.

Tom Brady was intercepted twice by Xavien Howard and held without a third-down conversion Monday night, and Miami snapped the New England Patriots' eight-game winning streak with a surprising 27-20 victory.

The Dolphins (6-7) were 11-point underdogs at home, but they kept the Patriots (10-3) from clinching their ninth consecutive AFC East title - at least for another week.

"It was a bad night," Brady said. "We've had a lot of good nights this year. This was a bad night."

Brady went 24 for 43 for 233 yards and one touchdown. Miami sacked him twice and hit him five times, and held the Patriots to 25 yards rushing. New England was 0 for 11 on third down.

"Our focus every game is to hit the quarterback as hard as we can and make him uncomfortable," defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said. "I think we did a pretty good job of it."

The Dolphins' Jay Cutler threw for 263 yards and three scores, including two to Jarvis Landry. Kenyan Drake had 114 yards rushing and 79 receiving.

A Brady touchdown pass cut the deficit to 10 points with 13 minutes left, but the Patriots' next three possessions netted 5 yards. After a New England field goal, Miami sealed the victory by recovering an onside kick with 53 seconds to go.

"This gives us a boost," Cutler said. "Winning is what keeps you in this game. The locker room after a game, there's nothing like it."

The Dolphins wore their 1972 uniforms, and for the first time in four prime-time appearances this season, they rose to the occasion. Miami tried to turn the game into a laugher in the third quarter when Landry caught a touchdown pass and then set the ball down in the end zone and pumped it repeatedly - a reference to the Patriots' Deflategate scandal.

"It's all about taking the air out of the ball," Landry said.

Coach Adam Gase beat New England for the first time in four tries. His team snapped the Patriots' 14-game road winning streak, second-best ever behind San Francisco's 18 in a row from 1988-90.

Gase threw a lot of wrinkles at the Patriots early, with tight end MarQueis Gray and receivers Landry and Jakeem Grant taking turns lining up in the backfield.

"We used a lot of guys," Cutler said. "We were mixing it up. Adam was dialing it up well."

Cutler spun out of the grasp of blitzing safety Jordan Richards to throw a completion that kept Miami's first touchdown drive going.

The 5-foot-7 Grant made a leaping catch against Malcolm Butler for his first career touchdown reception, a 25-yarder.

Meanwhile, the Patriots sputtered without tight end Rob Gronkowski, who served a one-game suspension for a late hit to the head of an opponent.

"We got beat in all three areas of the game," coach Bill Belichick said.

BALL HAWK

Brady underthrew an open Brandin Cooks deep, and Howard closed for the interception and a 29-yard return to set up a touchdown. Howard also had two interceptions a week ago against Denver.

Brady came into the game with only four interceptions all season.

SLOW START

The temperature was 55 degrees at kickoff - frosty by Miami standards - and the Patriots were sluggish from the outset. They were outgained 123 yards to 2 in the first quarter, when Brady went 0 for 4 with an interception.

ANTHEM

The Dolphins' Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas and Julius Thomas knelt in protest during the national anthem, as they've done for most of the season. Stills was nominated by his teammates last week for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

INJURIES

Patriots DT Alan Branch left the game with a knee injury. Starting S Patrick Chung limped off in the final minute.

UP NEXT

The Patriots visit AFC North champion Pittsburgh on Sunday in a possible playoff preview.

The Dolphins play the Bills in two of their final three games, including Sunday at Buffalo.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Patriots Dolphins
09:01 Cody Parkey 30 yd FG 0 3
03:49 Cody Parkey 44 yd FG 0 6

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Patriots Dolphins
06:18 Rex Burkhead 3 yd run (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 7 6
03:33 Jarvis Landry 5 yd pass from Jay Cutler (Cody Parkey kick) 7 13
00:02 Stephen Gostkowski 46 yd FG 10 13

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Patriots Dolphins
11:03 Jakeem Grant 25 yd pass from Jay Cutler (Cody Parkey kick) 10 20
04:43 Jarvis Landry 4 yd pass from Jay Cutler (Cody Parkey kick) 10 27

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Patriots Dolphins
13:05 James White 3 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 17 27
00:53 Stephen Gostkowski 33 yd FG 20 27

Team Stats
  New England Miami
1st Downs 14 21
Total Yards 248 362
Passing 223 242
Passing Completions/Attempts 24-43 25-38
Yards/Pass 5.0 6.1
Rushing 25 120
Rushing Attempts 10 30
Yards/Rush 2.5 4.0
Turnovers 2 0
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Possession 23:51 36:09

New England Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Tom Brady 24 43 233 5.4 1 2

Miami Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Jay Cutler 25 38 263 6.9 3 0

New England Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Dion Lewis 5 17 3.4 0 11
Rex Burkhead 5 8 1.6 1 3

Miami Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Kenyan Drake 25 114 4.6 0 31
Jay Cutler 4 4 1.0 0 6
MarQueis Gray 1 2 2.0 0 2

New England Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Danny Amendola 6 76 12.7 0 26
Dion Lewis 5 50 10.0 0 20
Rex Burkhead 5 45 9.0 0 23
Brandin Cooks 1 38 38.0 0 38
James White 3 11 3.7 1 7
Dwayne Allen 2 10 5.0 0 8
James Develin 1 2 2.0 0 2
Chris Hogan 1 1 1.0 0 1

Miami Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Kenyan Drake 5 79 15.8 0 47
Jarvis Landry 8 46 5.8 2 10
Jakeem Grant 2 42 21.0 1 25
DeVante Parker 4 40 10.0 0 15
Kenny Stills 2 18 9.0 0 11
Anthony Fasano 1 17 17.0 0 17
Julius Thomas 2 11 5.5 0 6
MarQueis Gray 1 10 10.0 0 10

New England Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Devin McCourty 7 0 1 11
Patrick Chung 6 1 0 0
Elandon Roberts 5 2 0 0
Marquis Flowers 4 1 0 0
Lawrence Guy 4 1 0 0
Malcolm Butler 3 0 0 0
Stephon Gilmore 3 0 0 0
Alan Branch 2 0 0 0
Jonathan Freeny 2 0 0 0
Jonathan Jones 2 0 0 0
Eric Lee 2 0 0 0
Trevor Reilly 2 0 0 0
Eric Rowe 2 0 0 0
Adam Butler 1 1 1 10
Duron Harmon 1 0 0 0
Danny Amendola 0 0 0 0
Johnson Bademosi 0 0 0 0
Brandon Bolden 0 0 0 0
Malcom Brown 0 1 0 0
Brandin Cooks 0 0 0 0
Nicholas Grigsby 0 0 0 0
Jacob Hollister 0 0 0 0
Jordan Richards 0 1 0 0
Matthew Slater 0 0 0 0

Miami Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Kiko Alonso 5 3 0 0
T.J. McDonald 5 2 0 0
Lawrence Timmons 4 1 0 0
Reshad Jones 3 4 0 0
Ndamukong Suh 2 1 1 2
Alterraun Verner 2 1 0 0
Jordan Phillips 1 0 1 8
Chase Allen 1 2 0 0
Davon Godchaux 1 2 0 0
Bobby McCain 1 3 0 0
John Denney 0 0 0 0
Terrence Fede 0 0 0 0
Charles Harris 0 1 0 0
Neville Hewitt 0 0 0 0
Xavien Howard 0 0 0 0
Mike Hull 0 0 0 0
Jordan Lucas 0 0 0 0
Senorise Perry 0 0 0 0
Michael Thomas 0 0 0 0
Cameron Wake 0 0 0 0

New England Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Miami Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Xavien Howard 2 29 0

New England Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Dion Lewis 3 49 16.3 0 19

Miami Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Senorise Perry 2 33 16.5 0 18
Jakeem Grant 1 14 14.0 0 14
Michael Thomas 0.0

New England Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Bernard Reedy 3 21 7.0 0 13
Danny Amendola 2 16 8.0 0 11

Miami Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jarvis Landry 1 9 9.0 0 9
Jakeem Grant 1 0 0.0 0 0

New England Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Stephen Gostkowski 2 2 100.0 46

Miami Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Cody Parkey 2 2 100.0 44

New England Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Ryan Allen 7 334 53

Miami Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Matt Haack 7 315 56