Patriots slip past Dolphins, keep playoff hopes alive

Kyle Dugger returned an interception for a touchdown to headline a strong second-half defensive effort, and the New England Patriots kept their postseason hopes alive with a 23-21 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in Foxborough, Mass.New England (8-8) is in line to secure a playoff berth should it record a win over the Buffalo Bills in Week 18.Dugger intercepted Teddy Bridgewater and returned it 39 yards to the end zone to stake the Patriots to a 16-14 lead with 2:51 left in the third quarter.Mac Jones later capped an 89-yard march with a 1-yard scoring strike to Jakobi Meyers to hand Miami (8-8) its fifth straight loss.Jones completed 20 of 33 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns. Tyquan Thornton had three catches for 60 yards and a touchdown, and Meyers hauled in six receptions for 48 yards.Bridgewater exited the game with a finger injury following Dugger’s interception. Bridgewater threw for 161 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 12-for-19 passing.Skylar Thompson took over under center and threw a 4-yard TD to tight end Mike Gesicki with 1:04 remaining, but the Dolphins couldn’t recover the ensuing onside kick.After New England went three-and-out, Miami took just 2:45 to move 41 yards in five plays. The Dolphins seized a 14-7 edge after Raheem Mostert found himself on the receiving end of a 2-yard TD pass from Bridgewater early in the third quarter.

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