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Brady Leads Comeback, Patriots Top Dolphins 27-24

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Matt Moore #8 of the Miami Dolphins is sacked by  Shaun Ellis #94 of the New England Patriots and teammate Brandon Deaderick #71 in the second half at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  In the end, the Dolphins lost the game. Final score 27-24 Patriots. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Matt Moore #8 of the Miami Dolphins is sacked by Shaun Ellis #94 of the New England Patriots and teammate Brandon Deaderick #71 in the second half at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. In the end, the Dolphins lost the game. Final score 27-24 Patriots. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (CBS4/AP) — Tom Brady ran for two touchdowns and threw for another and the New England Patriots rallied to clinch a playoff bye with a 27-24 win over the Miami Dolphins on Saturday.

The Patriots trailed 17-0 at halftime then scored on their first five possessions in the second half. The Dolphins helped when Matt Moore lost a fumble at his 38-yard line then threw an interception that Devin McCourty picked off at the Patriots 2.

New England (12-3) won its seventh straight game. After the Houston Texans lost to the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night, the Patriots needed a win or a tie to lock up one of the AFC’s top two spots.

Slideshow: Patriots Top Dolphins 27-24

Miami (5-10) lost for the third time in eight games after opening at 0-7 and is 1-1 under Todd Bowles, who took over when Tony Sparano was fired.

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