MIAMI (WPRI) — Despite all the drama surrounding the New England Patriots and Antonio Brown this past week, the team got right to business against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium for the second game of the 2019 regular season.
The Patriots lit up the scoreboard first. After forcing the Dolphins to a three and out to start the game, Tom Brady wasted no time getting to know new friend and teammate Antonio Brown. His first pass of the game was an 18-yard gain to Brown. Sony Michel later punched it in from the 1-yard-line to give the Patriots a 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, The Pats were looking to extend the lead to 10-0, however kicker Stephen Gostkowski pushed a 48-yard field goal attempt to the right, keeping the score 7-0.
Then, with 90 seconds to go before the half and the ball at the Dolphins 20, Brady hooked up with Brown for a 20-yard touchdown pass, Brown’s first as a member of the Patriots. Gostkowski missed the extra point, but the Patriots took a 13-0 lead heading into the half.
In the second half, the Dolphins had the ball at their 15-yard line when QB Ryan Fitzpatrick went back to throw, but the ball was tipped before it got to the receiver by Stephon Gilmore and the ball fell into the hands of Devin McCourty for the interception. Gostkowski was able to put a 28-yard field goal through the uprights, making it a 16-0 game.
Brady and team then went on a 9 play, 65-yard drive that ended when he took a quick snap from the Dolphins one and bulldozed his way through the line into the end zone, making it 23-0 at the end of the third.
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Stephon Gilmore then joined in on the scoring when he got a pick-6 with about 11:00 left in the fourth, returning the interception from Fitzpatrick 54-yards, making it 30-0.
Then, after the Dolphins got the ball back, Fitzpatrick threw another pick-6. Running back Kalen Ballage bobbled the pass and Jamie Collins snatched it out of the air, returning it 69-yards for the TD, running the score up 37-0.
James White rolls into the end zone, but there’s another missed point. It’s now 43-0 with 2:10 left in regulation. The clock ticks down for a blowout win by the Patriots.
In recent history, the Dolphins have dominated the Patriots in the state of Florida, winning five of the last six games including last year’s Hail Mary miracle that resulted in a 34-33 loss for New England.