FOXBORO, Mass. – Despite coming out on the short end of a 28-0 score at Gillette Stadium, the Miami Dolphins still got some productive performances on offense and defense.
Wide receiver Brian Hartline
's 15-yard catch on Miami’s second drive of the game gave him 70 catches for the season. He became just the 11th player in franchise history and eighth receiver to reach that milestone. Overall, his five catches for 69 yards against the Patriots allowed him to finish the season with 74 catches for 1,083 yards and a touchdown. Overall, his 74 catches tied for the 10th most overall in Dolphins history (with wide receiver O.J. McDuffie in 1996) and tied for the ninth most by a wide receiver. His 1,083 yards are the ninth highest single season total in Dolphins history.
"Maybe in a week or so I can look back at what I accomplished this season," Hartline said. "This hurts and stings too bad that I don’t care about anything else right now." Statistical Milestones
Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill
became the first rookie in franchise history to start all 16 games under center for the Dolphins when he took the first offensive snap in the first quarter. … Tight end Anthony Fasano
established a new career-high for receptions in a single season with 41 after catching three passes for 31 yards before leaving the game to be evaluated for a concussion. … Third-year cornerback Bryan McCann
recorded his first career sack when he dropped Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for an 8-yard loss midway through the third quarter. … Middle linebacker Karlos Dansby
reached 100 solo tackles for the second time in his career (2008) and led the team with 13 tackles (six solo). … Dansby’s 10 first half tackles (four solo) against New England set a new career high for tackles in a first half of a game, according to Stats, INC. … Punter Brandon Fields
managed to end the season with a gross average of 50.2 yards per punt after punting five times today for 247 yards. … The Dolphins owned the second longest streak in the NFL of not being shutout in a first half before they went scoreless today. Their streak of 32 games went back to the last game of the 2010 season on January 2nd, 2011, also at New England, in a 38-7 loss. Eye In The Sky
Rookie left tackle Jonathan Martin
continues to grow more and more comfortable on that side of the ball after opening the season at right tackle. He was tasked with blocking Patriots rookie defensive end Chandler Jones and kept him away from the blind side of Tannehill. … Unfortunately, the Patriots defensive line found other areas to exploit and sacked Tannehill seven times on the afternoon while Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was only sacked once. … From a disciplinary standpoint, Miami did well by only drawing three penalties for a total of 23 penalty yards, which should reflect well on the coaching.