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Patriots shake off poor start, roll past fading Dolphins

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Led by a strong pass rush and a productive running game, the Patriots rolled up 24 unanswered second-half points en route to a 27-17 win vs. Miami on Sunday afternoon in Foxborough.

The victory moved the Patriots to 6-2 at the midpoint of their schedule. The Dolphins, meanwhile, fell to 3-4. They have lost four games in a row after a 3-0 start.

The Patriots’ offense sputtered in the first two quarters, gaining just 59 yards. However, the attack perked up after halftime. The running game played a big role, racking up 111 yards and two scores on 22 second-half carries. The Patriots needed their ground game to step up, what with quarterback Tom Brady throwing for just 116 yards on 13-of-22 passing.

Still, Brady, who appeared to have a right hand injury, did his part on a 14-yard third-quarter TD pass to Aaron Dobson, cutting Miami’s lead to 17-10.

Then, the Dolphins’ problems started to mount. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sacked by Patriots rookie cornerback Logan Ryan, with the Patriots recovering deep in Miami territory. The Pats would cash in on a Brandon Bolden two-yard TD run to tie the game.

The Patriots would take the lead for good on a Stephen Gostkowski field goal late in the third quarter, then add to their margin with a Stevan Ridley three-yard TD run with 7:14 left.

The Dolphins struggled on numerous fronts in the final two quarters. Tannehill was sacked six times and committed three turnovers in the second half, though the final turnover was a desperation heave with the game decided. The Dolphins’ special teams also had a tough half, with rookie Caleb Sturgis missing a 45-yard field goal off the right upright and having a 39-yard attempt blocked.

The Dolphins host the Bengals on Thursday night, with the Patriots playing the Steelers on Sunday afternoon.

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55 Responses to “Patriots shake off poor start, roll past fading Dolphins”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 27, 2013 5:19 PM

    It was a SPLENDID first half though, and that counts for something.

    Give Ireland another raise.

  2. drewzducks says: Oct 27, 2013 5:20 PM

    Phins phade phast. So much phun.

  3. igotgamenj says: Oct 27, 2013 5:22 PM

    Miami got screwed by the Refs today…

  4. patsfansknowitall says: Oct 27, 2013 5:23 PM

    “Fading Dolphins” =’s the refs making BS calls and taking the game away.

    New season, same cheating in New England.

  5. getyourownname says: Oct 27, 2013 5:25 PM

    No Dolphins fan, but they were victimized by some of the worst officiating this side of replacement refs. (And Phil Sims, you have every right not to change your opinion, but that only means you are being pigheaded. The “batted” ball was obviously not batted to anyone with an open mind).

    Dolphins didn’t help themselves in the final minutes, either. If that is their “sense of urgency” speed, I would hate to see their “deliberate” speed.

  6. carolinadude7 says: Oct 27, 2013 5:26 PM

    Hey patriots….ready for a real defense??

  7. exnavysub says: Oct 27, 2013 5:26 PM

    You left out some horrible officiating. One of those Pats TDs shouldve never happened.

    Yes, Tannehill still has issues giving the ball away, but this may have ended differently if you take away some horrible officiating.

  8. annes22 says: Oct 27, 2013 5:27 PM

    The Dolphins loss wasn’t helped by 3 terrible calls from the biased refs. Maybe they should learn what pass intereference is sometimes. Also trying to retrieve a fumble and calling it forward progress of the ball. What the hell do they think a big guy is trying to do on the ground, he’s trying to retrieve the ball. Terrible calls.

  9. j0esixpack says: Oct 27, 2013 5:28 PM

    Dolphins fans are already crafting conspiracy theories but when you are out scored 24-0 in the second half you don’t deserve to win.

    Gutsy win for an injured Patriots team – including Brady’s swollen throwing hand

  10. strokinmyego says: Oct 27, 2013 5:33 PM

    The Patriots battled for this one. I’m sure the lame excuses about the refs will be heard by some delusional fans but the Patriots outscored Miami 24-0 in the second half. That’s why they won the game.

    Talib should be back next week and hopefully the passing offense starts to pick up for the Patriots with everybody staying healthy week after week. I truly do hope that Belichick and McDaniels will decide to give Ridley who is by far the Patriots’ best running back the ball more going forward.

  11. tedmurph says: Oct 27, 2013 5:35 PM

    Awesome, the only trash talking Dolphins fans to show up, that claimed before the season they would win the division, are the ones blaming the refs. Maybe y’all and last week’s Saints fans can arrange a mutual pity party. I would nominate vaphinphan the chairman, except he’s probably tossing Gillette looking for cameras. Never mind, Saints at least are probably going somewhere.

  12. casualcommenter says: Oct 27, 2013 5:43 PM

    Not a Dolphins fan, and in fact I was rooting against them because I want my team to claim an AFC Wildcard spot (and I know the Pats will win the AFC East again).

    The officiating in this game was terrible, and the vast majority of bad calls went against the Dolphins. Not even close.

  13. tedmurph says: Oct 27, 2013 5:44 PM

    carolinadude7 says:Oct 27, 2013 5:26 PM

    Hey patriots….ready for a real defense??
    ———————————————————-

    Hey carolina, remember SB XXXVIII? Hopefully the team has cleaned up the steroids thing.

    Looking forward to catching Belichick and the Pats in prime time, coming off a bye? Good luck with that.

  14. RE LEE says: Oct 27, 2013 5:46 PM

    Fins fans stop whining. You lost because you suck more than we do.

  15. sschmiggles says: Oct 27, 2013 5:49 PM

    The “batted” ball was obviously not batted to anyone with an open mind
    ____________________

    The guy hit the ball and it went forward. It doesn’t matter what the player “wanted” to do, it matters what he did.

    The delusion of Pats haters is unbelievable. Every week, it’s “teh wefs” who lost the game for the other team.

    Never mind that the Dolphins gave up 24 points in the second half and scored 0. Never mind that the Pats had a touchdown called back by a holding call, and lost a game on another call, nope, the refs are all in for the Pats.

  16. craniator says: Oct 27, 2013 5:53 PM

    So . . . to all those folks who hammered me for saying the Fins were lucky to beat the Falcons five weeks ago , . . . for their most recent victory . . . . . . . . . . . . (crickets)

  17. keltictim says: Oct 27, 2013 5:53 PM

    So last week the pats fans were crybabies and you shouldn’t blame the refs for losing a game and this week it’s ok to blame the refs. Got it

  18. casualcommenter says: Oct 27, 2013 5:55 PM

    tedmurph says: Oct 27, 2013 5:44 PM

    Hey carolina, remember SB XXXVIII? Hopefully the team has cleaned up the steroids thing.

    _______

    And hopefully the Patriots aren’t recording signals in violation of the rules anymore.

    I’d hate for them to lose yet another draft pick and have another asterisk attached to all their wins.

  19. footballfan58 says: Oct 27, 2013 5:56 PM

    It’s so comical to read how the refs are biased whenever the Pat’s win a game! You people sound like my 3 eight year old grandsons making excuses when something doesn’t go their way. It would be cute if it weren’t for the fact that we assume you are adults.

  20. 1westcoastphinfan says: Oct 27, 2013 5:59 PM

    The NFL should be ashamed of its referee crew at Gillette stadium today. Two flagrant terrible calls which favored the Patriots at the Dolphins expense. I will grant you we got outplayed in the second half, but any fair minded individual should be shocked at this unhidden bias. What are your employees doing Roger Goodell? Do you approve of this?

  21. keepongronking says: Oct 27, 2013 6:00 PM

    GIVE RIDLEY THE GOD DAMN BALL MCDANIELS

  22. moochach says: Oct 27, 2013 6:02 PM

    The Dolphins won the first half. The Dolphins also won a Super Bowl 40 years ago, no joke, look it up if you don’t believe it. 29 years ago they won an AFC Championship. Belicheat. Spygate. Dan Marino. We got Mike Wallace.

  23. carolinadude7 says: Oct 27, 2013 6:04 PM

    Awe lil teddy I do! I just hope there’s no recording devices in our locker room! Remember that???? I’m sure you do, everything has been stacked against us since the release of the schedule but we’re underdogs so it is what is. The more hate the better

  24. dilberry says: Oct 27, 2013 6:06 PM

    Don’t worry Fins Fans, the league will issue an apology tomorrow for the officiating and everything will be all better.

  25. tigerlilac says: Oct 27, 2013 6:08 PM

    I like Philbin. He’s a class act but his team didn’t execute in the second half and he didn’t make any significant adjustments. The teams that win the summer free agency signings never seem to win and I doubt that is a coincidence.

  26. tigerlilac says: Oct 27, 2013 6:22 PM

    The definition of envy is a painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage. In the NFL, envy is defined as a painful or resentful awareness of the success enjoyed by the New England Patriots, in particular Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, joined with a desire to possess the same success and (with very few exceptions) falling far short. The realization that one suffers from such envy is so debilitating that sufferers often deny not only the envy itself but the reality of the Patriots success. It is psychological disorder very similar to what Freud called “small xxxx syndrome”.

  27. 1rockyracoon says: Oct 27, 2013 6:24 PM

    That’s why they don’t award trophies after the first three games of the season. How many people remember when the Dolphins were a relevant team in the league. It’s been years!

  28. metintodd says: Oct 27, 2013 6:30 PM

    God every team was videotaping because it was legal. Goodell sent that memo about videotaping to every team in the NFL, not just the Patriots. If the Patriots were the only team videotaping, then why did Goodell send that memo to every team in the NFL? Because every team was videotaping. Too bad the Pats had to take the hit for the bogus Spygate non-issue. People always try to take down #1 because I guess they’re jealous of the Patriot’s success.

  29. fishtank86 says: Oct 27, 2013 6:32 PM

    If reviews and replays can be completed in a matter of seconds in game time for scoring plays and turnovers, it’s worth taking the time to review crucial penalties called that ultimately effect the outcome of games. Those calls killed the fins and any chance of rallying back.

  30. iamapatsfan says: Oct 27, 2013 6:40 PM

    For that batted ball penalty, it was certainly debatable, but also look at his posture after he hit the ball. If he had honestly been trying to grasp the ball, he wouldn’t have just stopped moving after hitting the ball, he would have continued trying to get it.

    I’m thinking he thought he would either get it or bat it out of the way of Cannon or whoever was coming up right next to him. Add to that the simple fact that he did indeed bat the ball like 20 yards down the field, regardless of intention, that was the right call. Just like last week when the Pats lost after that 15 yard penalty for pushing his own guy on the line.

    Neither one is a flagged play very often, but the rule is there, and needs to be enforced when possible.

    As for that holding that negated the Gronk TD, I really feel like that was payback for the defensive holding that happened like a play or two ago that wasn’t really anything. I thought that might have been the ref giving one back to the Phins after he realized his previous call wasn’t very good, heh. I mean, it happened, but really, both Lines hold every play, and can be called at the ref’s whim, unless it’s really blatant or directly around the ball in play.

  31. jrcoop says: Oct 27, 2013 6:42 PM

    Dolphins 17, Pats 10, Officials, 14.

  32. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 27, 2013 7:04 PM

    Yeah, after the refs cheat for them.

  33. patriotinvasion says: Oct 27, 2013 7:11 PM

    So funny seeing the same commenters saying the Pats were crying about a bad call last week our on here crying about bad calls. Just as the Pats lost last week because they got beat in too many areas, Miami lost because they got out scored 24-0 in the second half and we’re helpless against the Pats blitz parade.

  34. doggeatdogg says: Oct 27, 2013 7:11 PM

    Everybody knew NE was going to win today so the blatant assist from the 12th man was completely unnecessary Roger Goodell. So much for integrity of the game Goodell.

    And yes I know what you gonna say about excuses. So I I’ll say it first, the Dolphins laid low in the second half so it’s not just the refs. It the coaches and the players, so it’s on them mostly.

    And Steven Ross, please sell the team. It is obvious you have no clue about the business of football, you employ a bumbling GM who has no idea what he is doing. The coaching staff is amateurish and the players never progress in the NFL.

    Finally, much has been said about Miami fans. The battering has been going on for years when it comes to football and that fan base does not reward mediocrity with attendance and blind loyalty. Miami fans will show you what an empty stadium really looks like. And next year, Miami fans should think about borrowing those fire Schiano signs for their own Fireland party. They are perfect.

  35. earpaniac says: Oct 27, 2013 7:15 PM

    Is it just me or does it seem like Tannehill gets sacked about 6 times every game?

  36. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 27, 2013 7:18 PM

    metintodd says: Oct 27, 2013 6:30 PM

    God every team was videotaping because it was legal. Goodell sent that memo about videotaping to every team in the NFL, not just the Patriots. If the Patriots were the only team videotaping, then why did Goodell send that memo to every team in the NFL? Because every team was videotaping. Too bad the Pats had to take the hit for the bogus Spygate non-issue. People always try to take down #1 because I guess they’re jealous of the Patriot’s success.
    ————-
    Typical cheater or someone who co-signs one, always pulls the “everyone does it” crap. Stop it.

  37. slick50ks says: Oct 27, 2013 8:01 PM

    Way to build that o-line Ireland.

    Bottom feeders. And I mean both teams.

  38. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 27, 2013 8:04 PM

    j0esixpack says: Oct 27, 2013 5:28 PM

    Dolphins fans are already crafting conspiracy theories —————–

    You mean like Patriots fans did all week, and Red Sox fans last night? Boston fans are the KINGS of crafting excuses and conspiracy theories.

  39. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 27, 2013 8:12 PM

    Clearly going after the ball, wasn’t trying to bat it away. Subjective reasoning by the refs. Goes from 4th and 27 to FIRST AND GOAL. And Patriots fans who were whining all week about a proper call think people are crying about a MISAPPLIED CALL. Amazing.

  40. getyourownname says: Oct 27, 2013 8:22 PM

    Oct 27, 2013 5:49 PM

    The “batted” ball was obviously not batted to anyone with an open mind
    ____________________

    The guy hit the ball and it went forward. It doesn’t matter what the player “wanted” to do, it matters what he did.
    ________________________
    If this were literally true, then every time a player tries, but does not succeed, in gathering in a fumble the first time he touches the ball, he would be guilty of batting. You know that’s not the case because most fumbles are not gathered in on the first touch.

    It looked to me like the lineman was stretching out his hand to try to capture the ball, and just couldn’t reach his hand far enough. No different than a player trying to corral a bouncing ball, unsuccessfully.

  41. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 27, 2013 8:36 PM

    It was “controversial” and “bizarre” last night.

    Not a WORD about this anywhere today on the major networks.

  42. botully says: Oct 27, 2013 8:37 PM

    Yeah, the six 2nd half sacks? The refs.
    24 unanswered points? The refs.
    Blocked field goal? Yup, refs again.
    McCourty’s interception? Refs.
    Everything bad Miami did? Refs helping New England.
    Everything good the Pats did? Yup..refs again.

    So when Miami got another chance at 3rd down for a delay-of-game? Refs, just making it look good.

  43. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 27, 2013 8:45 PM

    It was a bad call. Why can’t you Patriots fans ever admit when the refs benefit you?

  44. jolink653 says: Oct 27, 2013 8:47 PM

    You people are such hypocrites: last week
    you’re applauding the refs for making a great call against the Patriots, and this week you’re complaining about how awful the refs were and how you got screwed…how about this? Maybe the Dolphins aren’t a good team? Nice splurge on Mike Wallace; always entertaining to see him drop five passes and then sulk on the sideline…enjoy the long flight back to Miami and enjoy being under .500

  45. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 27, 2013 8:59 PM

    Hypocrites? It was the PROPER CALL last week. Today it WAS NOT. And I’m not a Miami fan.

    Them being good or not good has absolutely NOTHING to do with the fact that it was a horrendous call that benefited New England.

  46. kellyb9 says: Oct 27, 2013 9:24 PM

    Whether it was a bad call or not, the pats recovered the ball, and the game “tying” fg was missed. Who cares? The dolphins looked bad in the second half. I’ll admit I didnt know the rule, but it looked an awful lot like he was trying to bat it away from that pats lineman. I could be complaining about the gronk td that was taken off the board but im not.

  47. bigwii says: Oct 27, 2013 9:27 PM

    So the Pats and their fans were being told not to blame the refs and to stop crying about bad calls. But this week the same people that said that are crying about the refs and making the same excuses.

    HYPOCRITES!

  48. jolink653 says: Oct 27, 2013 9:32 PM

    It was a absolutely the proper call if you read the damn rule as it’s written; the same way the proper call was made last week as everyone went out of their way to point out…so those turnovers and sacks were all because of blown calls by the refs? One field goal blocked, one missed, and those were because of missed calls? 24 unanswered points were because of biased refs? Take a dose of the medicine you people were dishing out last week and stop complaining, Dolphins fan or not

  49. realfootballfan says: Oct 27, 2013 11:00 PM

    With the Fins doing their fade thing early and seeing the can the Bengals just opened up on the Jets, I wonder how this game on Thursday is going to go for Miami. Jeff Ireland might want to get the real estate agent on the phone. Mike Wallace, too. No way the next GM is keeping that contract that he can dump for just $3 million next spring.

  50. fearthehoody says: Oct 28, 2013 12:15 AM

    The hate is strong here! Dont worry fishies, one of these decades you guys might matter!

  51. pugstradamus says: Oct 28, 2013 3:08 AM

    Wilkening you censored me before calling out shoddy work on your behalf. I have a question. Who actually ever spoken the words what with? Also instead of being lazy on that paragraph with the Logan Ryan sack, is it too hard to give a detail such as Ryan sacked Tannehill resulting in a fumble? Love the 60% effort slacker.

  52. shanedenver says: Oct 28, 2013 7:24 AM

    Jimmy Wilson PI, bad call. Dimitri Patterson holding, bad call. (Yes the holding call on the Patriots on Gronks TD was also a bad call but was probably just a ‘make up’ call as they call it. And the end result was still a TD) Vernon batting, bad call. Do me a favor. Tell me the last time the Patriots had to ‘overcome’ three game changing horrible calls. And that’s even leaving some out. Dolphins didn’t play well sunday, but the refs were worse.

  53. patriotenvy says: Oct 28, 2013 2:17 PM

    That alley opp INT was the best display of team work I’ve seen in the NFL!

  54. patriotenvy says: Oct 28, 2013 2:19 PM

    And there was no way he was going to recover that ball and he knew it! He just was coached to act like he wasn’t batting it.

  55. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 28, 2013 4:02 PM

    I am convinced that Boston fans are oblivious to the truth, particularly when it is spoken about their teams.

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