The Miami Dolphins visit the New England Patriots later today to finish the 2019 regular season. This year has been a strange one for the Patriots [url=http://www.thedolphinsclub.com/reshad-jones-jersey/]Reshad Jones Jersey[/url] , who are 12-3 on the year but have never felt like the dominant team we have seen over the last several years (decades?). The talk of Tom Brady declining has returned, especially since he did not make the Pro Bowl for the first time since 2008 - when he was injured in the first game of the year. Is Brady in decline? I had a great discussion with Bernd Buchmasser, the managing editor of Pats Pulpit, SB Nation’s Patriots team site, about Brady and how he has looked in 2019.“Between 2015 and 2017, Brady had arguably the greatest three-year run a quarterback has ever had [audience boos] and I don’t think he is quite on that level anymore [audience cheers],” Buchmasser said when asked about a potential Brady decline. “That being said, I still think that he is among the best quarterbacks in the NFL and certainly capable of leading New England’s offense to another Super Bowl.”Turning the conversation to specifically the 2019 season, I asked Buchmasser for his impression of Brady’s performance this season. “Brady looked good early on during the season, but the losses of starting center David Andrews to permanent and starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn to temporary injured reserve hurt the blocking up front,” he replied. “This in combination with a revolving door at the receiver positions created problems for Brady: too often he did lock in to his most trusted targets (Julian Edelman, James White) and made a few questionable decisions. It also led to his throwaway number skyrocketing [url=http://www.thedolphinsclub.com/minkah-fitzpatrick-jersey/]Minkah Fitzpatrick Jersey[/url] , which in turn hurt his statistics. All in all, Brady appeared to be uncomfortable within the offense from time to time. However, I think the win over the Bills last week showed that he can still be a highly accurate passer capable of spreading the ball around well. I have not seen this on a regular basis, but last week’s game was an encouraging development.”As to why Brady was not a Pro Bowl selection, Buchmasser explained, “I think Brady having set the bar incredibly high over the last two decades certainly does not help him, but based on how his season went so far compared to other passers’ I have no problem with him not making the Pro Bowl. Sure, his supporting cast may have contributed but he also failed to elevate both its and his own play at times. Do I think Brady can still play at a Pro Bowl-level? I most certainly do and he looked that part last week, but due to various factors he did not before the voting process ended.”Finally, I asked if Brady is really starting to show the decline people have been predicting for years. “Statistically, yes, but I think I have made it clear by now that the numbers are in parts a product of the circumstances [url=http://www.thedolphinsclub.com/mike-gesicki-jersey/]Mike Gesicki Jersey[/url] ,” Buchmasser stated. “Of course, I also do not think that Brady is on that aforementioned 2015-2017 plateau any more — his lack of chemistry with his pass catchers and sometimes sped-up internal clock are reasons for that. However, we are far from that Peyton-Manning-in-2015-level of drop-off.”There has been plenty of speculation this year that Brady could be playing his last season with New England, either looking to opt-out of his contract to sign somewhere else this offseason or retiring. Brady is not seen as the league MVP quarterback he once was, and Buchmasser seems to agree that the early signs of decline are showing. Brady’s career may not have hit the cliff Manning’s did, but the end is closer than it seemed even just a year ago.What should we expect to see from the Patriots in the playoffs? Buchmasser gives us his expectations for this postseason later today. You can also head over to Pats Pulpit for more on New England ahead of today’s game. The celebratory mob scene in the corner of the end zone broke out far from Ryan Tannehill. He was in the open field, running and screaming as he waved his arms, and couldn’t find anyone to hug. So flopped to the grass on his back, the job done and the game won.“I collapsed 鈥?just the emotion of the whole thing,” Tannehill said.Sixteen seconds from defeat, Tannehill threw a short pass and then watched his teammates save the season.Kenyan Drake ran the last 52 yards as the Miami Dolphins scored on a pass and double lateral on the wild final play Sunday to beat the New England Patriots 34-33.Miami lived up to its nickname 鈥?the Magic City.“They just made one more play than we did,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.And what a play.The Patriots were on the verge of clinching their 10th consecutive AFC East title when the Dolphins lined up at their 31 after a kickoff return trailing 33-28.“We had them right where we wanted [url=http://www.thedolphinsclub.com/jason-sanders-jersey/]Jason Sanders Jersey[/url] ,” Tannehill said dryly. “Not really surprised with how things turned out.”He threw a 14-yard pass to Kenny Stills, who lateraled to DeVante Parker, who quickly lateraled to Drake along the sideline. He cut toward the middle, found a seam and beat two Patriots to the corner of the end zone 鈥?defensive back J.C. Jackson and tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was on the field as part of New England’s prevent defense.“Drake runs a 4.3, and Gronk probably runs a 4.6 or 4.7, so you feel good about that matchup,” Tannehill said.Then came one last pass 鈥?Drake reared back and threw the ball into the stands as the Dolphins’ bench emptied and teammates mobbed him.The Dolphins call the play “Boise” because it was borrowed from the Boise State playbook, and they had been working on it all year.“Those guys executed it as well as you could,” coach Adam Gase said. “When you practice it, you don’t really know how it’s going to turn out. Kenyan realized he had a lane and took it.”The play brought to mind other NFL last-second stunners, including Roger Staubach’s “Hail Mary” [url=http://www.thedolphinsclub.com/raekwon-mcmillan-jersey/]Raekwon McMillan Jersey[/url] , the “Miracle in the Meadowlands” and the “Immaculate Reception”. It was the longest play from scrimmage to win a game with no time remaining in the fourth quarter since the 1970 merger.Tom Brady threw for 358 yards and three scores, but the stunned Patriots (9-4) lost in Miami for the fifth time in their past six visits. The Dolphins (7-6) came from behind five times to help their slim wild-card chances.“We’re playing one week at a time right now,” Gase said. “Any loss could be the end.”The Patriots’ Stephen Gostkowski missed an extra point for the first time in 38 tries this season early in the game, and he also missed a 42-yard field goal try. But his 32-yarder to cap a 55-yard drive put the Patriots ahead 30-28 with 6:45 left.Belichick opted to have Gostkowski kick a 22-yarder in the closing seconds rather than pin the Dolphins near their goal line. Instead, they returned the ensuing kickoff to the 31 鈥?and on the next play pulled off a miracle.Brady broke the NFL record for career touchdown passes including postseason and now has 582, three more than Peyton Manning. His scores covered 2 yards to Julian Edelman, 37 to Cordarrelle Patterson and 16 to Gronkowski.Brady finished 27 for 43 with no turnovers, and Gronkowski had eight catches for 107 yards. Albert McClellan blocked a punt to set up a touchdown for the Patriots, and they also deflected a punt.Tannehill missed two plays at the end of the first half after a teammate stepped on his right foot. He returned to start the second half, and his 23-yard touchdown pass to Brice Butler put the Dolphins ahead 28-27 late in the third quarter.But they managed only three first downs and no points thereafter 鈥?until the final play.FRANTIC SEQUENCEThe teams swapped touchdowns and the lead for five consecutive possessions in the second quarter over an entertaining span covering less than 11 minutes.Miami’s fourth-string running back Brandon Bolden, who spent six years with the Patriots, scored untouched on a career-long 54-yard run up the middle [url=http://www.thedolphinsclub.com/laremy-tunsil-jersey/]Laremy Tunsil Jersey[/url] , and added a 6-yard scoring run.MISSED OPPORTUNITYThe Patriots squandered a scoring chance at the end of the first half. With 14 seconds left and no timeouts, Brady took the snap at the Miami 2, and when he was sacked by Robert Quinn the clock ran out, leaving the Patriots with a 27-21 lead.INJURY REPORTX-rays of Tannehill’s right ankle were negative, but he acknowledged it didn’t feel good after the game. “I rolled it pretty good,” he said. “Got X-rays and buttoned it up tight.”UP NEXTNew England plays Sunday at Pittsburgh. The Patriots also traveled there in Week 15 last year, and won 27-24.Miami plays Sunday at Minnesota.