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NFL: Miami 24, New England 20

Dec. 15, 2013 at 4:37 PM

MIAMI, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Miami safety Michael Thomas made two stellar defensive plays at the end of the game Sunday, preserving the Dolphins' 24-20 victory over New England.

With Patriots driving for a winning score in the game's final minute, Thomas denied a potential touchdown pass by Tom Brady and then picked off the New England signal-caller with 2 seconds remaining, sealing the result.

The victory kept the Dolphins (8-6) in control of an AFC wild card playoff spot and turned back what could have been a fourth straight come-from-behind triumph for the Patriots.

Miami moved 1/2-game ahead of Baltimore for sixth and final AFC post-season spot, with the Ravens set to play Detroit Monday.

Ryan Tannehill fired three TD passes, including a go-ahead scoring strike with 1:15 left in the game. He finished with 312 passing yards on 25-of-37 efficiency as the Dolphins picked up a third straight win.

Brady racked up 364 passing yards on 34-of-55 efficiency with two touchdowns for New England (10-4).

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