FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots' habit of trailing in the fourth quarter was bound to catch up with them.
When it did, it cost them a chance to clinch their fifth straight AFC East title.
But defensive end Rob Ninkovich isn't discouraged after Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins. He says getting disheartened won't help the Patriots win their next game against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Dolphins (8-6) moved two games behind the Patriots in the division with the win that was sealed by Michael Thomas' interception of Tom Brady's pass in the end zone with 2 seconds left.
It was the fifth straight game the Patriots (10-4) were behind in the fourth quarter.
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