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Patriots do a lot of running, Dolphins lead 10-3 at half

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARy 03: Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins in action during the first quarter of the game against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Patriots didn’t wait to take a lead over the Dolphins to start trying to run out the clock on Sunday afternoon.

New England’s offensive game plan has been heavy on the ground game through the first two quarters with 20 rushing attempts against just five passes for Tom Brady. That made for a quick first half, but it hasn’t helped the Patriots move closer to a win that would cinch up home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

The Dolphins lead 10-3 after Ryan Tannehill and DeVante Parker hooked up for a 14-yard touchdown with 36 seconds left to play in the second quarter. The score came after a rare missed field goal by Stephen Gostkowski cost the Patriots a chance to grab the lead for the first time in the game. The Dolphins also missed a field goal in the first half, which kept them from doing more with a 193-83 edge in offensive yards.

Steven Jackson, Brandon Bolden and James White have all gotten carries for the Patriots, who had a bit of a scare in the second quarter when Brady came up flexing his ankle after an awkward shot from Ndamukong Suh. Jimmy Garoppolo warmed up briefly on the sideline, but Brady didn’t miss a play.

Give the run-heavy game plan and the consequences of a Brady injury, that was a bit surprising so we’ll see if Bill Belichick sticks with the starter in the second half or if Garoppolo will get a chance to hand the ball off.

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29 Responses to “Patriots do a lot of running, Dolphins lead 10-3 at half”
  1. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Jan 3, 2016 2:25 PM

    They’ll need to open it up if their intention is to win this game.

    You never know.

    It will be interesting to see who gets the #1 seed and which team gets the #5/6.

  2. fanofpft says: Jan 3, 2016 2:25 PM

    They keep running on third and long. I want to see the rooks get after brady.

  3. rjc32586 says: Jan 3, 2016 2:27 PM

    They deserve to lose with how conservatively they’ve played these last two weeks. I know they have injuries but this is over-compensating.

  4. bullogne says: Jan 3, 2016 2:27 PM

    Pats may come back to win but does any team in the AFC look unbeatable?
    The AFC playoffs are wide open this year.

  5. Mo' Pro Babble says: Jan 3, 2016 2:30 PM

    even if everyone is back healthy if you can’t score a 46 yd fg or get off the field on 3rd & long against Miami you are going nowhere in the playoffs. I can only be pleasantly surprised at this point.

  6. solo681 says: Jan 3, 2016 2:31 PM

    “I TOLD YOU SO”

    Patriots OLine cannot run the ball, much less protect Brady.
    Signing Jackson was a complete waste.
    BB & KRAFT royally screwed Brady & the Team by not addressing what needed to be fixed.
    PATCHWORK will not get you through the Playoffs.

    PATRIOTS need a GM that does not kiss Bills’ rings and instead addresses the needs of the Team to:
    #1.) Protect Brady and be Strong enough to have a serious running game.
    #2.) Strengthen the secondary that, year after year, is weak against pass protection. How many times have we seen teams throw the ball on 3rd & 15 against the weak Pats secondary and got the 1st Down. The Jets marched down field on the Pats is OT and scored with EASE. It happened to the Patriots in the SB against the Giants.
    It happened against the Broncos this year.
    Pats secondary will always come up short on pass protection in games that are crucial.

  7. headwoundharry says: Jan 3, 2016 2:31 PM

    Wow, Tammy is getting gashed by the Fish!

    Y’all coming to Denver Baby!

  8. brianav036 says: Jan 3, 2016 2:33 PM

    Miamu is doing what they do best….Winning a meaningless game and losing critical draft position…. Par for the course.

  9. solo681 says: Jan 3, 2016 2:38 PM

    Jackson cannot open holes up by himself. Signing him was a complete waste and a MOST critical time of the year with all the injuries.

    Kraft should of called an EMERGENCY meeting and demanded that the scouting personnel find players from practice squads or undrafted that could help this injured team.

    OLD Players will NOT rejuvenate and injured weak OLine and secondary.

  10. spartyistheclassofthenationinfootballandbasketball says: Jan 3, 2016 2:40 PM

    Rember when all you Fins fans kept telling us Lions fans that the only reason we were talking trash about that outrageous contract you gave Suh was that we were jealous that we lost him? I do

  11. themiamidolphins says: Jan 3, 2016 2:40 PM

    brianav036 says:
    Jan 3, 2016 2:33 PM
    “Miamu is doing what they do best….Winning a meaningless game and losing critical draft position…. Par for the course.”

    *

    This Dolphins fan sadly agrees with you.

  12. spartyistheclassofthenationinfootballandbasketball says: Jan 3, 2016 2:43 PM

    How is that working out for you so far? Because I can tell you that Ansah is a pro bowler without him, Haloti has played pretty well and Reid and Jones have played well enough that we honestly don’t miss Suh. Enjoy cap hell from that one contract

  13. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 3, 2016 2:52 PM

    solo681 says:
    Jan 3, 2016 2:31 PM
    “I TOLD YOU SO”

    Patriots OLine cannot run the ball, much less protect Brady.
    Signing Jackson was a complete waste.
    BB & KRAFT royally screwed Brady & the Team by not addressing what needed to be fixed.
    PATCHWORK will not get you through the Playoffs.

    PATRIOTS need a GM that does not kiss Bills’ rings and instead addresses the needs of the Team to…
    …Pats secondary will always come up short on pass protection in games that are crucial.
    _________________

    Seems to me it was Seattle’s offense that came up short in the most recent ‘crucial’ game I can remember. “BB & KRAFT” have done okay for the last 15 years in my book, lol

  14. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 3, 2016 2:56 PM

    solo681 says:
    Jan 3, 2016 2:38 PM
    Jackson cannot open holes up by himself. Signing him was a complete waste and a MOST critical time of the year with all the injuries.

    Kraft should of called an EMERGENCY meeting and demanded that the scouting personnel find players from practice squads or undrafted that could help this injured team.

    OLD Players will NOT rejuvenate and injured weak OLine and secondary.
    _____________

    Not sure if troll or someone that needs to back away from the last of the left over egg nog

  15. concrete998 says: Jan 3, 2016 3:01 PM

    Belichick is getting the offense prepared for mid-January football in Foxboro while keeping injuries to a minimum. Steven Jackson tasting paydirt is going to pay dividends in the playoffs. I like this approach and can’t understand the negative comments.
    Any time the Patriots want to turn it on they’ll smoke these Fins.

  16. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jan 3, 2016 3:08 PM

    #genius

  17. solo681 says: Jan 3, 2016 3:24 PM

    Seems to me it was Seattle’s offense that came up short in the most recent ‘crucial’ game I can remember. “BB & KRAFT” have done okay for the last 15 years in my book,
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    First off, the Pats secondary was defending a pass more then 5 yards, which they are good at.

    Secondaly, Butler was not defending a pss but instead ‘Jumped the Route’ as it was in front of him and a split second decision, which he was READY FOR !!!

    Thirdly – As BB would say – Those Pats Wins are in the PAST and have no relevance to the Playoffs in front of them.

    As a GM, the job is too ‘SEE’ what everyone else on here is NOT SEEING, and to FIX what the coaches are not fixing = Personnel DEFICIENCIES.

  18. solo681 says: Jan 3, 2016 3:25 PM

    First off, the Pats secondary was defending a pass more then 5 yards, which they are good at.

    Correction : less the 5 yards

  19. MichaelEdits says: Jan 3, 2016 3:36 PM

    The Dolphins sure have pretty uniforms today. Too bad they weren’t part of the Color Rush series.

  20. spartyistheclassofthenationinfootballandbasketball says: Jan 3, 2016 3:48 PM

    Honestly your main problem is that your owner is a wolverqueen. Sorry

  21. forthegoodofthegame says: Jan 3, 2016 3:51 PM

    Looks to me like Patricia should have plugged Grissom’s ears and told him to go until he levels Tannehill one time. That would put an end to the Miami cheap shots.

  22. forthegoodofthegame says: Jan 3, 2016 3:57 PM

    Hey Sparty. Nice game on Thursday.

  23. solo681 says: Jan 3, 2016 3:59 PM

    “I TOLD YOU SO”

    You can put all the thumbs down as you like –

    But the outcome will not change, and my assessment is accurate & correct.

    The Patriots will not get to the SB with ‘Patchwork old players’.
    BB & Kraft mismanaged the Team Personnel this year instead of going ‘ALL OUT’ to strengthen the OLine, Protect Brady, Give him some 1st string WR’s that can spread the field and did this BEFORE the Trade deadline.

    When the amount of injuries came up as they did, an EMERGENCY MEETING was in order. BB & Kraft FAILED to see the ‘Writing on the Wall’ and make necessary concessions.

    As a result of this mismanagement we see the PATRIOTS as a one & done Playoffs or at most they make it to the AFCCG and are out.

  24. headwoundharry says: Jan 3, 2016 4:08 PM

    BRADY BENCHED!

    Man Boobs Belicheat surrenders to Fish with game on the line.

  25. jrossizzle says: Jan 3, 2016 4:11 PM

    Remember 19-0 guy? Where’d he go?

  26. boogerhut says: Jan 3, 2016 4:11 PM

    Plain facts: The Scats CAN’T run the ball. The Scats CAN’T finesse wins anymore. The Scats aren’t tough and fold when confronted with smash mouth football. Facts.

  27. boogerhut says: Jan 3, 2016 4:18 PM

    Someone tell Mike that they have a QB quandary in NE after Brady got benched.

  28. spartyistheclassofthenationinfootballandbasketball says: Jan 3, 2016 4:23 PM

    Forthegoodofthegame how did your college team do this year and how is your college basketball team doing now?

  29. fanofpft says: Jan 3, 2016 4:43 PM

    Looks to me like Patricia should have plugged Grissom’s ears and told him to go until he levels Tannehill one time. That would put an end to the Miami cheap shots.

    Not even on a third string center playing Lol.

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