Instant Reaction: Patriots Pull Away, Blow Out Dolphins 41-13

Miami drove down the field on their opening drive, but New England blocked the field goal and returned it for a touchdown. They seemed to have the game under control, but the Dolphins scored 10 unanswered points to close the half and make it a 14-13 game at the break. The game remained close for most of the third quarter, but the Patriots pulled away late in the third to turn this into a blowout.

Turning Point:

The Patriots scored 17 points in a 3:14 stretch late in that third quarter, turning this game from a 21-13 dogfight into a 38-13 blowout.

Key Stat:

Six. That's how many years it has been since the Dolphins last beat the Patriots in New England, a streak that will continue for another year.

New England MVP:

Tom Brady was his usual dominant self, passing for 287 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Rob Gronkowski also stepped up, catching three passes for 96 yards and a touchdown, all of which came in the third quarter.

Miami MVP:

Wide receiver Mike Wallace was Miami's only productive offensive player in this one, finishing with five receptions for 104 yards and an incredible one-handed touchdown catch.

What’s Next?

New England hits the road to face the Jets next Sunday, while Miami returns home to fave the Minnesota Vikings.

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