Dolphins hold off late rally to sweep Patriots, finish 2021 season with winning record

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Miami Herald

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — It was the performance against a playoff team that many expected one week ago, but it was a performance that brought delight to the tens of thousands who gathered at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday to watch the Dolphins’ season finale. Led by a 195-yard rushing effort and a defense that forced three takeaways, the Dolphins held off a fourth-quarter rally to beat the New England Patriots, 33-24. The victory gives the Dolphins (9-8) back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the 2002-2003 season and a regular-season sweep of the Patriots for the first time since the …

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