Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots: Live Score, Video and Analysis

Mike StangerCorrespondent IDecember 24, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24:  Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots celebrates intercepting a Miami Dolphins pass with teammate Rob Ninkovich during the fourth quarter of New England's 27-24 win at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
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Updated score: Dolphins 24, Patriots 27 Final

"Great teams aren't always great, they're only great when they have to be."

John Facenda

I wrote this during the live blog and I feel that it needs repeating. There is a reason why the New England Patriots will probably be the top-seed in the AFC come playoff time.

Despite spotting the Dolphins 17 points and looking more like the 5-9 team in this game, the Patriots roared back in the second half with 27 points before the Dolphins responded with a touchdown near the end.

The defense, always the cause of consternation, created two key turnovers in the second half which totally crushed the Dolphins' spirit.

Tom Brady struggled much of the game, but threw a key 41-yard pass to Wes Welker in the fourth quarter that eventually led to Brady's second rushing touchdown of the game.

For the Dolphins, the team can find consolation with the way Matt Moore played.  He was 17 of 33 for 294 yards and three touchdown passes. He did badly under throw a ball that led to a Devin McCourty interception.  

Reggie Bush ran for 113 yards on 22 carries.

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