Patriots ride Wes Welker to halftime lead

The Patriots came into Sunday’s game with a clear plan.

Throw the ball to Wes Welker. Welker had 10 catches for 89 yards and a touchdown in the first half as the Patriots grabbed a 17-10 lead over the Dolphins. That’s more than half their total yards in the game and a big reason why they lead 17-10 at the half.

Punter Brandon Fields fumbled a snap to set up one touchdown, a roughing the kicker penalty gave the Patriots a second chance on another touchdown drive and a Ryan Tannehill fumble led to a Stephen Gostkowski field goal. The biggest mistake was probably a low block penalty that wiped out an interception return for a touchdown by Reshad Jones. That sloppiness won’t get them a win.

Tannehill led a strong drive after getting backed up by two more penalties just before the half, though, and capped it off with a two-yard touchdown run to bring the Dolphins back within one score. More of that and less of Welker would work well for them in the second half.