FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The only thing that stood between the Patriots and the No. 2 seed was the defense holding pat against journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the 4-11 Dolphins.

The clock read 3:53. It should’ve been easy. On this day, however, nothing was in a matchup that should’ve been lopsided. Instead, it ended in disaster.

As it was seen all game long, it wasn’t going to be easy for the Patriots. This final Dolphins drive reinforced that notion. Fitzpatrick got the Dolphins downfield by hitting DeVante Parker for a 24-yard gain to get near the red zone. With 1:10 remaining, the quarterback, on third-and-5, hit Albert Wilson for a 7-yard gain. Two plays later, with 35 seconds left, Fitzpatrick hit Isaiah Ford for

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