Pats can’t find offensive rhythm, fall to Dolphins 27-20

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) runs the ball, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WPRI) – The Dolphins once again figured out how to contain the New England Patriots offense in Miami, handing the AFC East leaders a 27-20 loss Monday night.

A harried Tom Brady relied heavily on his backs to catch passes, with only Danny Amendola hauling in any worthwhile yards among the receivers.

Brady was off the mark on a number of throws and was sacked three times on the night. The Patriots didn’t convert on a single third down and Brady finished 24 of 43 for 233 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Rex Burkhead and James White scored the only touchdowns for the Patriots. Stephen Gostkowski brought them to within one score with less than a minute left but the subsequent onside kick attempt failed, allowing Miami to close out the game.

Meanwhile, Jay Cutler threw for three touchdowns and almost 300 yards. Kenyan Drake racked up 79 passing yards and rang up another 100 on the ground, including a healthy chunk in the fourth quarter as the Dolphins ran down the clock.

The Patriots fall to 10-3 and head to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers at 4:25 p.m. Sunday.