MIAMI GARDENS Mark Clayton Jersey , Fla. (AP) —d 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 — 9.0 per carry — 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, 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 — 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 — worst-case scenario — 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 — 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, 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." This is not the Monday I was expecting. If you look online or watch any sports channels, you would see many others agree. How about those AFC/NFC Championship games?! First off Adam Joseph Duhe Jersey , both ended in overtime and both had horrific calls (and missed ones) by supposedly the top (elite) NFL refs. They were good games, but it would have been better if the outcomes were based solely on the better team winning and not questionable, reversed, and/or blatant missed penalties by the refs. With that being said, the LA Rams and the New England Patriots will meet in two weeks in Atlanta for the Super Bowl. How do you all feel about this one? I’m personally not looking forward to it, and will probably avoid most of downtown Atlanta next week and weekend. AFC/NFC Championships ReactionsLet me go ahead and say I kinda feel like the Saints were cheated because of missed pass interference call. It’s pretty much all everyone discussed after that game. There were some other calls the refs missed against the Rams as well, but that last one basically sealed the win for the Rams. I have friends who are Saints fans and I feel bad for them this morning. This is the front page of their local paper. The Rams have played well this season and did play a great game and that’s what makes it worse. I wish these games didn’t come down to someone winning/losing over a ref error. The NFL needs to change some things this off season to prevent something like that happening again.That being said, I was ok with either of those two teams winningNow onto the the AFC game. That one stung a bit. I will go ahead and admit I’m a bit salty and that’s ok. I believe Brady was also kinda lucky. Yes, he is a very talented quarterback, and they played very well, but I still believe luck was on their side (along with ridiculous ref calls like always).Apparently I’m not the only who who believes it. Take a look at this clip from earlier today. I have several Patriots’ friends and they always say to me, “You just don’t like us because we’re good.” Yes, I’m tired and, frankly, most people are tired of seeing you guys in the playoffs/Super Bowl, but it’s not because of how good Brady is. It’s his character and how he reacts when he wins and loses (also your sometimes obnoxious fan base).If you’ve been to a Dolphins’ home game when the Patriots lose you will know what I mean, because you don’t see Brady congratulating our quarterback. He storms off the field. He doesn’t take losing well, especially for a 41yr old player with multiple Super Bowl championships under his belt. So when Jeff Darlington tweeted this out, I couldn’t help but laugh. If the Chiefs did win we all know that wouldn’t have happened. That being said, I’m excited for Mahomes. He is such a young talented quarterback and I’m looking forward to watching him grow and develop throughout the next year. Here was his post-game tweet to his fan base. Honestly, Mahomes and Jared Goff both give me a bit of hope that maybe our Dolphins will be able to land a young talented quarterback in the next year or two. We can hope, right?Team Updates: The Positives from the game and future of our teamLet’s look at the positives from the AFC championship game. I think as Dolphins’ fans, we can be a bit excited about our new head coach based on the Patriots’ defensive playing from last night. So many people weighed in on their thoughts about the the play calling. Here’s McDuffie’s tweet, which I agree with. If it really came down to Flores running the Patriots’ defense Larry Csonka Jersey , I’m looking forward to how he will be as our head coach. I have a feeling Patriots’ fans will miss him. The other good news to come out today, which I’m sure most of you already have read, is that we will have a new defensive coordinator. Is it true? Does this mean Matt Burke will be gone from our team? Is it too early to cheers to the news? Oh I truly hope so. I also hope to hear that we retain Rizzi as our special teams coach. No word yet about him leaving, but I did read that sources are saying the Vikings have hired our assistant special teams coach Marwan Maalouf as thier new special teams coac. Maybe that means Rizzi will remain in Miami? I know many of us hope so and so do the players. What are your thoughts on quarterback? I honestly am unsure. Do we keep Tannehill one more year and wait to draft a quarterback in 2020? Do the players/coaches even want Tannehill around anymore. Does our team want to tank for a season to get a better draft pick? I highly doubt it because we have some talented players. Do we try for Nick Foles, who may be at $20 million cost or draft picks, just to try and have one decent year? I mean, that’s if the Eagles do actually plan to let him go (which I believe is a mistake). How good do we think Kyler Murray will be? Many mock drafts have the Patriots picking him as their first pick. I’m on the fence about him, to be honest. I mean if we can get him, if he is available, and he turns out not so great will our team pick another quarterback in 2020? So many questions that nobody knows the answers to. Nobody. Yes, you can write your mock draft and assume who will pick who, but nobody knows. That’s kinda what makes the NFL Draft fun. All I know, is I want to eventually have a winning franchise. I want to watch our team one day play in the AFC Championship game and then on to a Super Bowl. Yes, we have many times before but that was the 70-80’s. I was 3yrs old the last time the Miami Dolphins’ made a Super Bowl appearance. Speaking of Super Bowls, the Dolphins, Bills and now Patriots, are the only three teams to go to three consecutive Super Bowls. How about that AFC East, eh? I want to see our team make it to one, or five, in my lifetime and I do believe it will happen for us. Just may take a few years. I’m a patient person. I can wait. Final ThoughtsThe ball from the Miami Miracle has been auctioned off. I hope Kenyan Drake will eventually get it back. We shall see.Look out for news on the Miami Dolphins announcing their plans to have a second interview with Flores. I’m assuming it will be in the next day or two, but it’s exciting to finally see our team getting things going. These next two weeks will drag out. Next weekend will be the first non-football weekend of 2019. What will you all do? I’m going to personally try to enjoy my weekend and get some adulting done, like my taxes. Hope you all enjoy your week and see you back here next Monday!