The New England Patriots lost the regular-season finale to the Miami Dolphins. It was the lease expected outcome for the defending Super Bowl champions, but it happened. Most NFL experts were convinced that the Patriots would win this game. They had already defeated the Dolphins earlier in the season. The weaker team won, but this game was special for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. He passed Peyton Manning on the All-Time touchdown list.
Brady’s 540th touchdown pass moved him past the former all-time record holder. He owns the second place behind Drew Brees. Some couldn’t believe that this pass went all the way to a linebacker named Elandon Roberts.
Late in the third quarter of the game against the Dolphins, Roberts was lined up at fullback on first down from the Dolphins 38.
The linebacker ran a wheel route and the Dolphins’ defense didn’t even see him. Elandon ran, caught the pass from the star quarterback and scored the 38-yard touchdown.
Elandon is a fourth-year player and he has been getting reps at fullback since October after fullbacks James Develin and Jakob Johnson suffered season-ending injuries. The linebacker has also played in one-third of the defensive snaps and a third of the special teams snaps. During the game against the Buffalo Bills, he played more on offense (21 snaps) than defense (two) for the first time.
Elandon is the 77th player to catch a touchdown from the GOAT, boosting his NFL record. However, he is only the second player who was a defensive player. Mike Vrabel had 10 touchdown catches from the quarterback in his professional career.
New England didn’t hope for a loss. Patriots fans hoped for a first-round bye. Well, they will have to do things the harder way. Patriots players can do whatever it takes to win. Every loss is a motivation for the champions, and losing to the Dolphins doesn’t really hurt. It’s a motivation.
The Patriots are on the wild-card weekend and things are getting really hot despite the freezing temperatures. How will the season end for TB12 and his teammates? With another Lombardy Trophy? Let’s hope so.