Miami, FL (Sports Network) - The New England Patriots clinched the AFC East on Sunday. It was far from easy, however.
Tom Brady's rhythm was disrupted by a spirited Miami defense, but the Patriots capitalized on several miscues on their way to a 23-16 victory at Sun Life Stadium.
Brady was 24-of-40 for 238 yards with one touchdown pass to Wes Welker and a rare interception.
Stevan Ridley scored on a short touchdown run and picked up critical yards on a fourth-quarter drive to help New England (9-3) prevail and capture the division crown for the 10th time in 12 years.
Welker had 103 yards on 12 grabs, tying Jerry Rice's NFL record for most games with 10-plus receptions at 17.
Rookie Ryan Tannehill completed 13-of-29 passes and finished with 186 yards for the Dolphins (5-7).