Mike Pouncey: Beating Patriots huge for Dolphins’ entire organization

Mike Pouncey got one of the biggest wins of his career Monday. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE—The upset over New England meant more to the Dolphins that keeping their season alive. It was a statement for the organization, both to the team it’s chasing in the AFC East and to the country.

Miami played terribly in its four previous standalone games this season, losing to New Orleans, Baltimore, Oakland and Carolina by a combined total of 87 points, and that compounded pressure on the players not to embarrass themselves again Monday. That’s part of what made this one bigger than when the Dolphins upended the Patriots the other times recently.

“We played well in the only game on TV,” center Mike Pouncey said. “Usually when we have those games, we don’t play well. We just wanted to go out there and prove we could play in big games and we went out there and played really well. It was good for the confidence of our football team, and we needed that win really, really bad for our season.”

The game kept Miami’s slim playoff hopes alive at 6-7 and it marked the first time the team’s been competitive with New England in four tries under Adam Gase.

The Dolphins took a 6-0 lead early and were ahead almost the entire night. They came out with two touchdowns in the third quarter to go up 27-10 and withstood a 10-point fourth quarter by the Patriots to hold on for the victory.

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