olphins fans watched Sunday’s game with mixed emotions. Was it more important to get a higher draft pick, or deal a blow to the hated New England Patriots? In the end the Dolphins came away with a 20-10 victory before a crowd of 62,918, which included a larger than usual contingent of Patriots fans. Dolphins fans cheered with 2:13 left when, with the Dolphins holding a 17-10 lead and facing a second and goal at the Patriots’ 7-yard line, the big screen cut to Patriots fans leaving Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins, led by rookie wide receiver DeVante Parker’s five-reception, 106-yard performance, scored on a 19-yard field two plays later to provide the final margin. The victory means the Dolphins finish 6-10, the same record they had in 2011, when they started 0-7. The Dolphins, depending on the final standings, could have picked between No. 6 and No. 10 in the draft when play began Sunday. But judging from recent history the position of their first-round pick won’t make a huge difference. In the past five years the Dolphins have selected No. 15 (center Mike Pouncey in 2011), No. 8 (quarterback Ryan Tannehill in 2012) and No. 3 (defensive end Dion Jordan in 2013) and No. 14 (Parker in 2015). The Dolphins controlled the game for most of the fourth quarter. Parker, the first-round pick from Louisville, excited the crowd late with a 46-yard reception from Tannehill. Parker went up high to haul in the pass, which was underthrown a bit as Tannehill faced pressure. Two plays later Tannehill (25 of 38, 350 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, 112.8 passer rating) hit tight end Jordan Cameron for a 2-yard touchdown and a 17-10 Dolphins lead.
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