Pats miss chance to clinch No. 1 seed, losing to Miami 20-10

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.  — Tom Brady was sacked twice and knocked down at least half a dozen times Sunday, and the New England Patriots missed a chance to clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs when they lost to Miami 20-10.

Brady watched New England’s final offensive series from the sideline. With the Patriots eager to protect his health, he threw a season-low 21 passes, but even so was lucky to make it through the game in one piece.

New England (12-4) still had a chance at the No. 1 seed if Denver lost its regular-season finale to San Diego.

The Dolphins (6-10) wrapped up a disappointing season and are expected to embark on a search for their ninth coach since 2004.