Patriots 27, Dolphins 17

Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots: Quarter-by-quarter highlights

First quarter

• Impact Player: Dolphins cornerback Dimitri Patterson intercepted Tom Brady’s first pass of the day, cutting in front of tight end Rob Gronkowsk i. The Dolphins took over at the Patriots’ 40-yard line and converted the early turnover into a 7-0 lead.

• Highlights: Miami’s defense suffocated the Patriots early, allowing them to run just 10 plays and possess the ball for only 3:35 in the opening frame.

• Lowlights: Receiver Brandon Gibson, who caught a touchdown earlier in the quarter, injured his left knee while trying to catch a high pass from Ryan Tannehill. After limping to the sidelines, Gibson was carted to the locker room. He will miss the rest of the season.

Second quarter

• Impact Player: Running backs Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas combined for 11 carries and 77 yards in the quarter, leading to 10 second-quarter points and keeping Brady on the sidelines. The Dolphins possessed the ball for more than 19 minutes in the first half.

• Highlights: The Patriots’ offense was consistently disrupted by the Dolphins’ defensive line. Jared Odrick notched a third-down sack in the quarter and the unit stopped New England running plays in the backfield four times in the first half.

• Lowlights: Despite completing 11 passes in the first half, Tannehill totaled just 72 passing yards in the first half. His only deep pass attempt was dropped by tight end Charles Clay.

Third quarter

• Impact Player: Patriots running back Stevan Ridley, who didn’t play at all in the first quarter, rushed for 44 yards on five carries in the quarter.

• Highlights: With Gibson sidelined with a knee injury, wide receiver Rishard Matthews was asked to play a larger role than normal. Matthew’s 20-yard catch was the Dolphins’ longest play to that point in the game.

• Lowlights: In just one minute and 46 seconds, the game changed completely. Brady threw a 14-yard touchdown pass after kicker Caleb Sturgis missed a 46-yard field goal attempt. On the ensuing drive, Tannehill turned the ball over on a sack and fumble, allowing New England get in the end zone again and tie the score at 17.

Fourth quarter

• Impact Player: With the Dolphins in New England territory and down 20-17, Patriots safety Devin McCourty broke up a Tannehill pass along the sidelines, tipping the ball back inbounds to teammate Marquice Cole. The Patriots scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive.

• Highlights: On a third-and-23 play with 4:45 remaining, a screen pass to receiver Mike Wallace gained 25 yards.

• Lowlights: Defensive end Olivier Vernon was called for a controversial penalty for batting a loose ball backwards after a sack-fumble on Brady, causing a 32-yard swing in field position and bailing the Patriots out of what would have been a third-and-29. New England finished the drive with a Ridley 3-yard touchdown run.

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