By Ed Baylor: The New England Patriots (6-2) overcame a 17-3 first half deficit to rally to defeat the Miami Dolphins (3-4) by a 27-17 score on Sunday at the Foxboro, MA. The Dolphins really fell apart in the 2nd half of the game in a huge way because if they had at least scored a couple of touchdowns they would have won the game instead of going home losers.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was playing with a badly swollen right hand for the entire game, and it seemed to affect his throwing in the 1st half of the game. But in the 2nd half, Brady played well in leading the Patriots to four scores to get the victory.
Brady had a 14 yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson in the 3rd quarter at 8:28 to make it 17-10 in favor or the Dolphins. Less than two minutes later the Patriots scored another touchdown this time on a 2 yard run by Brandon Bolden to tie the game at 17-17. The Patriots then scored on a 48-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski with 0:08 left in the 3rd quarter. In the 4th quarter the Patriots got a final touchdown by running back Stevan Ridley on a 3 yard touchdown run.
The Dolphins must be really kicking themselves right now for the way that they fell apart in this game because they should have won this one.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 22 of 42 passes for 192 yards with 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and 6 sacks. He had touchdown throws of 4 yards to Brandon Gibson in the 1st quarter and 5 yards to Daniel Thomas in the 2nd quarter.
Brady completed 13 of 22 passes for 116 yards 1 touchdown, 1 sack and 1 interception.
Dolphins running back Lamar Miller rushed for 89 yards on 18 carries. Daniel Thomas rushed for 47 yards on 9 carries.
Patriots running back Stevan Ridley rushed for 79 yards on 14 carries with 1 touchdown. LeGarrett Blount rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries.
Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace caught 3 passes for 41 yards. This is a guy that was supposed to have been a huge weapon for the team this season, but Tannehill just can’t get the ball to him for some reason. Talk about wasting a ton of cash in signing a player. The Dolphins definitely aren’t getting their money’s worth with Wallace and it’s not his fault.