Patriots Snap Dolphins’ Winning Streak After Blowout


The Palm Beach Post

Javier Sarache, Multimedia Editor

The New England Patriots dominated the Dolphins 38-7 last night, ending the Dolphins’ strong streak of 3-0.

This loss denied the Dolphins their first 4-0 start since Hall of Fame coach Don Shula’s last season in 1995.

Patriots broke open a close game with three touchdowns in the second quarter, rolling to a 38-7 win over the previously unbeaten Dolphins.

Tom Brady completed 23 of 35 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns, while rookie Sony Michel carried the ball 25 times for 112 yards and scored his first career touchdown. The Patriots rushed the ball 40 times for 175 yards, with James White contributing eight carries for 44 yards and a touchdown.

It remained a 3-0 game into the second quarter when Brady found a wide-open Cordarrelle Patterson down the left sideline for a 55-yard touchdown reception and a 10-0 lead.

Ryan Tannehill finished 11 for 20 for 100 yards and an interception. He was pulled in the fourth quarter in favor of Brock Osweiler.

Brock Osweiler found Frank Gore for a 6-yard touchdown to break up the Patriots’ shutout.

Tom Brady: 13-22, 154 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 91.8 rating
Ryan Tannehill: 8-15, 68 yards, 65.4 rating

The Patriots were near-flawless in the first half. New England won the time-of-possession battle, keeping the ball for 19 minutes and 28 seconds against Miami’s 10 minutes, 32 seconds.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, one of Brady’s favorite targets, left the game in the third quarter with a right ankle injury and did not return. However, He didn’t leave empty-handed, ending the game with 233 yards.

The Patriots are scheduled to play the Colts this Thursday night.