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2nd Quarter, 9:21 – Patriots 14-3: The Patriots couldn’t get anything going at first, going three-and-out, but Miami was flagged for roughing Zoltan Mesko on the punt and gave the Patriots new life.
And Wes Welker made his former team pay. The Patriots drove down the field 75 yards in 13 plays, capped off by Brady hitting Welker on a screen for a seven-yard touchdown.
Welker has gone over the 1,000 yard mark for the fifth time in his career, and is up to nine receptions for 82 yards so far this afternoon.
Brady now has thrown a touchdown in 44 straight games, that’s the longest active streak in the NFL, and is just three games behind Johnny Unitas’ 47-game streak for the second longest all-time.
The Patriots receivers are doing a good job at making the Miami defenders miss. Aaron Hernandez had a nice spin move on a 2nd-and-10 play to pick up a first down, and has three receptions for 41 yards.
There is some concern on the Patriots offensive line too, as starting guard Dan Connolly was seen walking to the locker room with the New England medical staff.
End Of 1st Quarter- Patriots 7-3: The Dolphins don’t do much off the turnover, but were able to get a 44-yard field goal out of it to cut into New England’s lead.
Miami managed just eight yards on six plays, and nearly had a turnover themselves. Running back Daniel Thomas fumbled, but lineman Richie Incognito was able to pick it up before Safety Steve Gregory.
1st Quarter, 3:03 – Patriots 7-0: Brady’s Miami nightmares continue.
Brady forced a pass into Aaron Hernandez and was picked off by Rashard Jones. It’s just Brady’s fourth interception of the season, and first in 202 passes. It snapped the longest streak in the NFL.
Dolphins take over at the New England 34-yard line.
1st Quarter, 4:32 – Patriots 7-0: Miami can’t do anything off the Gostkowski miss, as the Patriots catch a huge break.
Tannehill had Hartline wide open deep down the field but overthrew his receiver, who had beat Aqib Talib on the play. Talib was expecting some safety help, but never got it.
Vince Wilfork applied some nice pressure on Tannehill on third down, causing him to overthrow Bess along the sidelines.
The Patriots have their work cut out for them though, as they start their next drive from their own 2-yard line.
1st Quarter, 6:43 – Patriots 7-0: The Dolphins are putting some heat on Tom Brady, causing him to make some quick passes and hit the ground.
The Patriots drove into Miami territory, but kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed a 49-yard field goal attempt — his third miss in his last four tries. He’s now up to six misses for the season. He hasn’t missed six field goals since his rookie season in 2006.
Miami takes over at their own 39-yard line.
1st Quarter, 10:40 – Patriots 7-0: Another three-and-out for the Miami offense.
Reggie Bush was hit for a loss on 1st-and-10, and despite Ryan Tannehill and Brian Hartline getting nine yards on 2nd down, the rookie QB can’t hook up with Devon Bess on 3rd-and-4 and the Dolphins are forced to punt.
Tannehill is just 1-for-4 after Miami’s first two drives, and the Dolphins have just 12 total yards.
1st Quarter, 11:53 – Patriots 7-0: The Patriots take full advantage of the field position as Stevan Ridley runs one in from two yards out to put New England on top 7-0. It’s Ridley’s ninth rushing score of the season.
Brady went 2-for-4 on the drive, hitting Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez along the way.
1st Quarter, 14:04 – 0-0: The Dolphins couldn’t do anything after getting the ball to start the game.
The Pats defense forces a three-and-out, and then punter Brandon Fields can’t handle a low snap and the Patriots will start with the ball at the Miami 12-yard line.
Pregame, 1:02pm: The Patriots won the toss and deferred to the second half.
A rain shower broke out just before the game was set to start but stopped shortly after.
The New England Patriots have a chance to clinch the AFC East with a win against the Dolphins in Miami Sunday afternoon.
For the Patriots, it would be their ninth division title in the last 10 seasons and fourth straight.
New England has won five straight games, averaging 43.8 points over that span. Six of their 28 touchdowns scored during the streak have come from their defense or special teams.
There are no real shockers when it comes to the Patriots inactives for Sunday’s game. Offensive lineman Logan Mankins and defense end Chandler Jones were already ruled out on Friday, and the only notable addition to that list this morning is tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. With Rob Gronkowski already sidelined with a broken forearm, the bulk of the tight end duties will fall on Aaron Hernandez and Daniel Fells against the Dolphins.
The good news is receiver Julian Edelman is active after taking a big hit against the Jets on Thanksgiving night. He has played a huge role for the Patriots offense and special teams the last two weeks, catching a pair of touchdown passes and returning another on a fumble by Jets kickoff returner Joe McKnight.
Offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer is also active for New England after missing practice on Wednesday and being limited on Thursday and Friday. Vollmer missed last Thursday night’s win over the Jets, and will likely get the start at right tackle today against Miami.
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