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Patriots stock report: Stephen Gostkowski commits two costly errors in narrow loss

Posted by Erik Frenz  December 15, 2013 04:25 PM

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Tom Brady once again had a chance to lead his team to a win on a last-minute drive, but the Patriots offense was thwarted at the goal line by the Miami Dolphins defense.

Now, with the 24-20 loss on Sunday, the Patriots are no longer in control of their own destiny on the way to the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

Before we get too wrapped up in the major ramifications of the loss, let's take a look at some players who stood out, for better or worse, on Sunday.

Stock up:

Julian Edelman: Edelman has settled right back into his role as the team's go-to target, as he once again led the team in both targets (19) and receptions (13). He also gave the team the lead in the fourth quarter with his 24-yard catch-and-run touchdown reception.

Danny Amendola: Tied his season-high in receptions with 10, and had his second-highest output in yards with 139. Brady seemed truly in rhythm with Amendola for the first time since Week 1 against the Bills.

Chandler Jones: Logged a sack of Ryan Tannehill, had a nice three-yard tackle-for-loss in the running game and had a key pressure in the fourth quarter to force an underthrown deep pass for receiver Mike Wallace. Jones has really made strides in his second year, and now has 11.5 sacks on the season.

Stock down:

Marquice Cole: Cornerback was in coverage on the 39-yard touchdown reception by Wallace, although he wouldn't have been there without an injury to cornerback Kyle Arrington.

Stephen Gostkowski: Missed a field goal from 48 yards out, and had a kickoff go out of bounds in the fourth quarter that gave the Dolphins great field position, which they then capitalized on with a 60-yard touchdown drive. He was having one of the best seasons of his career up to this point, but two costly plays directly gave the Dolphins a better chance to win.

Shane Vereen: Was not nearly as much a part of the game plan this week as weeks past, and finished with just two carries, and three catches on seven targets, totaling 21 yards on the five touches. Edelman and Amendola are a great start, but the Patriots need more from their matchup weapon if their offense is going to continue to succeed.

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