Tom Brady visited with his family in the postgame locker room

Sunday while the New England Patriots were still trying to figure out how they had just lost.Brady's young daughter offered an explanation."Daddy ," she said, "I think the reason you lost is there were more people cheering for the Dolphins."Especially at the end. Kenyan Drake ran the last 52 yards as the Dolphins scored on a pass and double lateral on the final 69-yard play Sunday to stun New England 34-33."They made a good play," Brady said. "They did a good job executing it. They got it to their fast guys."Miami's "Drake Escape" prevented the Patriots from clinching their 10th consecutive AFC East title."It's going to test our character big time to bounce back from something like that," tight end Rob Gronkowski said.Drake sprinted into the corner of the end zone past Gronkowski, whose role as part of the Patriots' prevent defense invited second-guessing.But while the game will be remembered for the final seconds, the Patriots (9-4) could blame many other plays for a role in the defeat.They reached the Miami 2 at the end of the first half and failed to score. Stephen Gostkowski missed an extra point and a 42-yard field goal. They opted to kick a field goal in the final seconds, which gave Miami better field position to try for a last-second miracle."It shouldn't have come down to that," said Brady, who threw for three scores. "We left a lot more points on the board offensively."The defense allowed the Dolphins to rush for 189 yards 鈥?9.0 per carry 鈥?and gave up three touchdown passes by Ryan Tannehill.But it was squandered scoring chances that seemed to annoy the Patriots the most."We missed opportunities," coach Bill Belichick said. "We've just got to do a better job."The most glaring failure came at the end of the first half. With 14 seconds left and no timeouts Youth Matthew Slater Jerseys , Brady took the snap at the Miami 2, and when he was sacked by Robert Quinn the clock ran out, leaving the Patriots to settle for a 27-21 lead."That was a terrible play by me," Brady said. "I lost track 鈥?I thought we had one timeout. I was just not thinking. So it was just a play that should never happen."Gostkowski missed an extra point for the first time in 38 tries this season. On a field goal try, he missed from inside 50 yards for only the second time.Belichick opted to have Gostkowski kick a 22-yarder in the closing seconds rather than try for a clinching TD or 鈥?worst-case scenario 鈥?give the Dolphins the ball near their goal line. Instead, Miami returned the ensuing kickoff to the 31, and scored on the next play.Tannehill threw a 14-yard pass to Kenny Stills, who lateraled to DeVante Parker, who lateraled to Drake along the sideline at midfield. He found a lane and beat two defenders to the corner of the end zone 鈥?defensive back J.C. Jackson and Gronkowski.The 6-foot-6 Gronkowski was part of the last line of defense in anticipation of a desperation pass, Belichick said. Instead Miami opted for a pass and lateral that unfolded slowly Matthew Slater Jerseys Stitched , and Gronkowski stumbled in pursuit of Drake."I didn't think it was going to get to me," Gronkowski said. "I've never really been a part of anything like that." CINCINNATI (AP)Vontaze Burfict refused to shake the Steelers’ hands at midfield last October, and added to the insult by kicking one of them during the first quarter. Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell tweeted after Pittsburgh’s 29-14 win that the Bengals linebacker ought to be kicked out of the NFL. There’s no holding back in this rivalry. The AFC North rivals get a chance to add a few more flourishes – for better or worse – to a nasty series that has played out not only on the field, but in social media exchanges and end zone celebrations as well. The Steelers (9-2) and the Bengals (5-6) don’t like each other, and they don’t hide it. It’s on Twitter. It’s on the field. It’ll be back at Paul Brown Stadium – the scene of the rivalry’s most memorable moment – on Monday night in the game the Bengals need to win to have a chance of salvaging their season. ”It’s all about the story lines,” Bengals safety George Iloka said. ”Will we play well in primetime? Will we get the game that we need? How many games have we lost to them in a row? I know the story lines.” So do the Steelers, who are off to their best start since 2004. They’ve won five straight against Cincinnati and eight of nine in the series, a span that includes the Bengals’ playoff meltdown at Paul Brown Stadium during the 2015 season. That’s the one in which Burfict hit Antonio Brown in the head in the closing seconds, moving the Steelers in range for the winning field goal. They’ve been going at it ever since, even when they’re far away from each other playing other teams. In November Kenny Britt Jersey , Bengals receiver A.J. Green was ejected in Jacksonville for grabbing cornerback Jalen Ramsey around the neck, tackling him and punching him. The Steelers’ reaction? In their next game against Indianapolis, Bell and receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster celebrated a touchdown by re-enacting the Green-Ramsey confrontation . ”I thought it was funny, so we wanted to make it a celebration,” Bell said this week. ”We weren’t trying to downplay them or make A.J. Green feel a certain way. We just thought that situation was funny how it turned out and ran with it.” They weren’t laughing in Cincinnati, where several story lines will play out Monday night. PRIME-TIMERS The Steelers love the night-time stage . They’ve won 10 straight prime-time games, including three already this season against the Lions (Sunday night), the Titans (Thursday night) and the Packers (last Sunday night). Following their game in Cincinnati, they host the Ravens on Sunday night. ”All your peers are watching, all your family is watching Womens Adam Butler Jersey , your friends, people all over the world,” Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger said. ”So it’s fun when you put on a good show.” For the Bengals, it’s been a horrific time slot. They’re 11-23 on Monday night, dropping their past three, and 3-14 on Sunday night. PATS ON THE BRAIN? Steelers coach Mike Tomlin raised eyebrows when he openly talked about Pittsburgh’s Dec. 17 meeting with New England during a taped interview before the Steelers narrowly escaped the Packers. Roethlisberger downplayed it, calling it part of a coach’s job to look down the road. Safety Mike Mitchell however, thinks it’s only natural to have what could be the game of the season in the AFC highlighted. ”I’m going to prepare for the Cincinnati Bengals because that’s who we play this week,” Mitchell said. ”But you’re … not the smartest human in the world if you’re not thinking about them.” GET `EM DOWN: The Steelers have the league’s fourth-ranked defense, but they’ve allowed a touchdown of at least 50 yards or more in each of the past three games , including two last week to unproven Green Bay backup quarterback Brett Hundley. Pittsburgh has to get that part fixed. ”It’s fitting to get real,” linebacker Bud Dupree said. ”So these next couple months is the most important months of the year.” BURFICT’S BEHAVIOR: Burfict’s kick at Steelers running back Roosevelt Nix in the October game drew a $12,154 fine. Burfict wasn’t a factor in the Steelers’ 29-14 win. He was on the field for all 69 defensive plays and finished with only four tackles, no sacks, no pass breakups and no tackle for a loss. How will he put his mark on this game? NO `INT’ IN DALTON: Andy Dalton threw an interception during the third quarter of the loss at Heinz Field, and hasn’t thrown another since then. He’s gone five games and 140 attempts without being picked off, the longest streak by a Bengals quarterback since Akili Smith in 2000. Dalton is only 3-10 against the Steelers with 15 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. During the second half of the loss at Pittsburgh, the Bengals managed only one first down and 19 yards total. — AP Sports Writer Will Graves in Pittsburgh contributed to this report. —
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