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Key moment: Patriots drive towards a division title

Posted By Mike Petraglia On December 2, 2012 @ 4:24 pm In General | 9 Comments

Stevan Ridley was huge as the Patriots put together a game-clinching drive. (AP)

The Dolphins had just cut the Patriots lead to 20-13 after a 33-yard Dan Carpenter field goal with 8:50 left in the fourth quarter.

The Patriots offense had been spotty in the second half after putting up 17 points in the first half, including a three-and-out to start the second half.

But the Patriots were dominant when they needed to be, orchestrating a 16-play, 77-yard drive and most importantly, consuming 7:18 of game clock and exhausting Miami’s final two timeouts.

The Patriots called 12 runs on the drive, including Tom Brady‘s fall to the ground on the final snap before Stephen Gostkowski‘s 21-yard field goal that gave New England a 23-13 lead.

Stevan Ridley was huge, carrying the ball 10 times for 46 yards on the drive.


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