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What We Learned From NFL Week 14

The Miami Miracle, Amari Cooper's a godsend for Dak and Mahomes Jr.

The “Miami Miracle” signifies the official end of the New England Patriots’ streak of impeccable karma. Last year’s Super Bowl loss was bad, but Miami’s stunning score on the final play of the game on Sunday tells you all you need to know about the direction of New England’s fortunes.

With the Pats just seven seconds away from winning their 10th straight AFC East title, the Dolphins pulled out an historic 34-33 win on Kenyan Drake’s 69-yard TD. On the game’s final play Miami tossed the ball around like hotcakes until Drake took it to the house.

New England was stunned and Miami kept their playoff hopes alive with one of the NFL’s all-time miracle finishes.   

Bleacher Report on Twitter

MIAMI MIRACLE 😱 Kenyan Drake scores on desperation play to beat Patriots (via @thecheckdown) https://t.co/ykyZjnInEo

Bill Belichick didn’t make the proper substitutions and the Patriots defense was mush all game and made Miami QB Ryan Tannehill look like Dan Marino with a near perfect QB rating.


New England still has a two-game lead in the AFC East  division at 9-4, but the sting of this kind of divisional loss is sure to last and might mark the slow deterioration of the Pats Dynasty as we know it.

Amari Cooper Is The QB Maker

As the Dallas Cowboys win streak hit five games with a 29-23 win over Philly on Sunday night,  the Amari Cooper trade continues to pay dividends.

Nobody’s blasting the trade now.

The Pro Bowl receiver took advantage of a decimated  Eagles secondary, torching Philly for 217 yards and three touchdowns on 10 receptions. He’s about as happy as can be to have escaped Jon Gruden’s Oakland meat grinder.


FOX Sports Southwest on Twitter

@amaricooper9 says playing for the @dallascowboys is a “dream come true.” #CowboysNation https://t.co/jXqvQMjK3d

Cooper had scores of 28 and 75 yards to put the Cowboys ahead in the fourth quarter. His final grab sealed the win, and most likely the division.

NFL on ESPN on Twitter

GAME. WINNER. AMARI COOPER 🔥 📺: FOX #PHIvsDAL https://t.co/X6ogUSW2Wi

 

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Since Cooper’s arrival, Dak Prescott’s aerial game has stepped up.

Prescott made his mistakes but still had a career-high 455 yards and completed 42 passes. All of the talk about Dak not being able to pass and lead the Dallas offense to big plays through the air has quieted down — for now.


Lamar Jackson vs. Patrick Mahomes II Was As Advertised

Two of the NFL’s rising young QB talents with very contrasting styles faced off on Sunday and Kansas City’s aerial attack accumulated 377 passing yards and Mahomes Jr. added two more TD’s giving him 43 for the season.

Lamar Jackson was looking to ground and pound the Ravens to the team’s fourth straight win since he took over as QB. In a surprise twist, Jackson passed for two TDs and no picks. His second TD came late in the fourth quarter and gave Baltimore a 24-17 lead.  

Baltimore Ravens on Twitter

@Lj_era8 finds @Jwalk_back12 for the LEAD! https://t.co/TTEyJ5Xy8L

His 147 passing yards and 71 rushing yards had the Ravens in a position to win before falling 27-24 to a relentless Kansas City offense that improved to 11-2 on the season.