New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins 9/7/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Miami Dolphins 33, New England Patriots 20
September 7, 2014
The AFC East kicked things off the right way Sunday in Week 1 with a big divisional matchup between New England and Miami. The Patriots are still the top dogs in the AFCE, and after coming into the regular season healthy they were looking to assert their dominance early with an important divisional road win. The Dolphins, on the other hand, were trying to show the league they were on the rise after another disappointing 2013 campaign and some important off-season additions.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and statistics from this one to see why things played out why they did. We’ll also take a look forward to Week 2 to see where each team is headed in the immediate future.
What Happened: The Dolphins started out strong, blocking a Patriots punt after their first drive, which led to a four-yard Lamar Miller pass from Ryan Tannehill. The Patriots were able to answer back on the scoreboard, however, logging a two-yard Shane Vereen rush score and a field goal to close out the first quarter.
New England kept the pressure on early in the second, with big TE Rob Gronkowski getting in on a nice six-yard touchdown for a 17-7 Patriots lead. The teams traded field goals late in the quarter and went into halftime with a 20-10 New England advantage.
In the third quarter, it was all Dolphins. They logged a 14-yard Mike Wallace TD reception book-ended by a pair of field goals to storm back with a 23-20 lead after three.
In the fourth, the Miami onslaught continued with a Knowshon Moreno touchdown and another field goal to make the score 33-20.
This was a huge win for the Dolphins as they attempt to gain relevance in the division. It’ll be interesting to see if they can build off this victory.
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The Stars: The Miami rushing game was rocking and rolling this afternoon, playing very well against a pretty solid Patriots front. New arrival Knowshon Moreno posted 134 yards and a TD on 24 carries, while Lamar Miller contributed with 59 of his own on 11 carries.
Mike Wallace also had a nice game with seven grabs for 89 yards and a score, which is a great sign for the passing game.
The Goats: Conversely, that power-running game that New England has spent the last couple of years developing didn’t really show up today. As a team, they rushed 20 times for 89 yards and a score, with no one player getting more than eight carries.
The Pats offense couldn’t get going when it counted either, posting an ugly 5-17 on third downs. They also lost 23 yards on four sacks. When the team seemed to need him most, Gronkowski was conspicuously absent from the field in the second half.
Injuries: Both teams came in pretty healthy here, with the Patriots’ dynamic duo (not so dynamic today) of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski making it on the field after questionable designations this week.
As for the Dolphins, they were without LBs Jordan Tripp and Philip Wheeler, along with Mike Pouncey and Terrence Fede.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 2, the Dolphins won’t be getting out of the AFC East just yet. They’ve got another big divisional matchup looming in Buffalo. That one’s on Sunday at 1:00 PM ET on CBS.
As for the Patriots, they will be hitting the road once again, this time venturing into the NFC North with a trip to Minnesota. That game is also Sunday at 1:00 PM ET on CBS.
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