MIAMI GARDENS — Tony Lippett lived to tell the story.
On a 77-yard touchdown play from Tom Brady to Julian Edelman in the third quarter on Sunday, New England Patriots wide receiver Michael Floyd absolutely blew up Lippett, the Miami Dolphins’ cornerback.
“I’m feeling good,” Lippett said after the game, with a smile. “(Floyd) just caught me with a good little lick right there. It is what it is. I’m good, though.”
Lippett was checked for a concussion but was quickly cleared. That is critical because Miami began the game without three defensive back starters, including two safeties and a corner.
“I didn’t see him at all,” Lippett said. “I was trying to make a play on Edelman and he basically blindsided me. It was a good hit by him.”
Lippett said Miami having already faced Ben Roethlisberger this season can’t hurt. The Dolphins will play at Pittsburgh in a playoff game this weekend.
“Playing against him is preparation,” Lippett said. “So we have that experience of playing him this year. He’s a great quarterback that has won a couple of Super Bowls and he has great weapons around him. We just have to come up with a great game plan and execute our game plan to the best of our abilities.”
What must Miami do to pull off an upset of Pittsburgh as the Dolphins did in the regular season?
“I would say just playing together and playing as a unit, trying to limit their star players as much as we can and playing together,” Lippett said.