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Miami Dolphins defeat the New England Patriots 27-24

New England will have to play in the opening weekend of the postseason for the first time since 2009.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, center, celebrates his touchdown run with teammates in the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, center, celebrates his touchdown run with teammates in the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Miami dropped defending Super Bowl champion New England into the wild-card playoff round when Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Mike Gesicki with 24 seconds remaining for a stunning 27-24 victory Sunday.

New England (12-4) will have to play in the opening weekend of the postseason for the first time since 2009. The Patriots never have made the Super Bowl while playing in the wild-card round.

The Patriots won their first eight games, the split the next eight, including the rarity of two losses at home.

It is the second straight season the Dolphins have denied the Patriots an unbeaten division record. They scored on a wild series of laterals on the final play in their second meeting last season, in Miami.