In overtime: Bomb to Troy Brown clinched the 2003 win.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Before Tom Brady became a five-time Super Bowl champion, he felt like one.
All it took was his first win in Miami.
“We hadn’t won there in so long,” Brady remembered Friday of the 2003 overtime triumph, “you would have thought we won five Super Bowls in a row.”
The celebration started immediately after Brady launched an 82-yard bomb to Troy Brown to clinch the 19-13 win. Bill Belichick threw his headset into the air. Patriots streamed off the sideline and onto the field.
And the party kept going on the ride home.
“It was just a great celebration,” Brady said. “I remember the bus ride leaving was pretty cool. We were flipping people off, and it was out of control.”
In the Patriots’ three prior visits to Miami under Belichick, they had gone winless, losing by a combined margin of 66-26. Since then, the Pats are 7-7.
“There was a long history of us playing a lot of bad football games down there and that kind of broke that a little bit,” Brady said. “Not that it’s been stellar, but at least that one got us out of the basement.”
The Patriots and Dolphins will renew their division rivalry Sunday. New England can clinch its 10th consecutive division title with a win or tie. Miami, at 6-6, is fighting for its playoff life.
Kickoff from Hard Rock Stadium is set for 1 p.m.
New England practiced with its entire 53-man roster for the third straight day Friday, the finale of the team’s healthiest week of the season.
Only Frank Herron, a practice-squad defensive lineman, was not spotted during the media-accessible portion of practice. On Thursday, offensive lineman Cole Croston, another member of the practice squad, was absent.
Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore is officially questionable for Sunday’s game at Miami.
New England’s shutdown cornerback was listed with an ankle injury on the team’s final injury report Friday and was limited in practice. Gilmore did not appear on either of the Pats’ reports Wednesday or Thursday. Tight end Dwayne Allen, a full participant Friday, is the only other player listed on New England’s report with a knee injury he suffered on Nov. 4.
The Dolphins ruled out their top cornerback, Xavien Howard, earlier on Friday.