Things started off shaky, with a blocked punt on the opening drive of the game, setting the Dolphins up at the Patriots 15 yard line.
Miami put up the first score of the game with Tannehill hitting running back Lamar Miller for a touchdown to put the Dolphins up 7-0 early.
New England answered with a strong drive, tying the game on a Shane Vereen two yard touchdown plunge.
The defense got the ball back to Tom Brady and the offense with a fumble recovery inside Miami territory, resulting in a Stephen Gostkowski 47 yard field goal to put the Pats up 10-7.
New England recorded an interception inside their own six yard line to stall the Dolphins drive midway through the second quarter.
That led to a 94 yard scoring drive that ended with Brady finding Rob Gronkowski for the score, extending New England's lead to 17-7.
The Patriots defense continued to swarm, forcing another fumble to stop the Dolphins offense in New England territory after Lamar Miller coughed up the ball.
Miami was able to pull closer with a late field, cutting the lead to 17-10.
New England responded with a field goal of their own just before halftime, going up 20-10.
First-half MVP: Tom Brady (NE) -19/29, 187 yards, one touchdown
Second-half Prediction: The revamped Pats defense is proving to be a huge bonus, forcing three turnovers to help set up the New England offense. The Patriots should be able to keep up the pace on both sides of the ball and put the game away with a strong second half.
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