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No More Reign: Belichick’s Pats Eliminated From Playoff Face

Dec 20, 2020, 5:45 PM

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Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots walks off the field after the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

MIAMI (AP) — The New England Patriots have been eliminated from playoff contention, ending their NFL-record run of 11 consecutive postseason appearances in Year 1 of the post-Tom Brady era.

A 22-12 loss to the Dolphins left New England at 6-8.

They’ll finish at .500 or worse for the first time since 2000, the year they drafted Brady.

They fall one year short of matching the Cowboys’ NFL record of 20 consecutive winning seasons.

Brady’s absence was again felt against Miami.

Cam Newton threw for 209 yards, but for the second consecutive game he failed to get the Patriots into the end zone.

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No More Reign: Belichick’s Pats Eliminated From Playoff Face