Just like in 2015, the Patriots needed a week 17 victory in Miami to secure homefield advantage in the playoffs. Unlike 2015 this year the Pats took care of business and locked up the 1 seed by beating the Dolphins 35-14.
WR Julian Edelman had a career day in the victory.
8 receptions for 151 yards (career high) and a touchdown (and a two-point conversion) I know the Pats are all about the team and not individual achievements but this performance by Edelman is very noteworthy. He's the first Patriots WR to recieve a player of the week award since Randy Moss way back in 2007. While he indivdually had a fantastic game it would not have been possible without this smashing block by recently acquired WR Michael Floyd. Team football right here.
That play was the turning point in game. Patriots came out hot and had a 20-0 lead but Miami was able to close the gap to 6. On a big third down, stop them there and the Dolphins get the ball back down 6 with all the momentum. Instead Brady finds Edelman for a first down and then Michael Floyd kills a man in cold blood to open up the lane for a touchdown. One of the best blocks by a WR I've ever seen.
Edelman's biggest game of his career came at great time for both the team and him individually. He helped the Patriots pick up the win to go 14-2 and secure homefield advantage, and for him individually it gave him a new career high in recieving yards for a season. Edelman finished the 2016 regular season with 98 receptions for 1,106 yards and 3 touchdowns.