Patriots can’t finish comeback, fall to Dolphins in 24-17 heartbreaker


FOXBORO — Patriots quarterback Mac Jones for the second straight week had the ball in his hands with the chance to extend the game and came up short in excruciating fashion.

The Patriots took over from their own 45-yard line after a missed 55-yard kick from Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders down 24-17. The Patriots went 22 yards on five plays to set up a fourth-and-3 from the Dolphins 33-yard line. Quarterback Mac Jones hit tight end Mike Gesicki for what appeared to be heading for a 1-yard loss. Gesicki, with some heads-up thinking, lateraled to guard Cole Strange. The play was initially ruled a first down. On further review, Strange was decided to be inches short.

That was game. The Dolphins kneeled on the ball to squeak past the Patriots, who are now 0-2 on the young season, 24-17.

Rookie cornerback Christian Gonzalez made the play of the day, intercepting Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on a deep ball to wide receiver Tyreek Hill that had just a little bit too much air under it with 9:56 left in the game. The Patriots’ offense, however, couldn’t do anything with the ball on their ensuing possession. Quarterback Mac Jones was sacked on second down after a first-down incompletion. His third-down heave on third-and-20 fell in front of tight end Mike Gesicki’s one-arm desperation reach.

The Dolphins quickly responded with an unblocked 43-yard touchdown rush from running back Raheem Mostert.

Jones then led his team on a nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 2-yard touchdown plunge from running back Rhamondre Stevenson.


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