Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 10/27/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: New England Patriots 27, Miami Dolphins 17
October 27, 2013
Needless to say, there are a lot of potential postseason implications coming out of the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots’ Week 8 matchup. The Dolphins made the trip to Gillette Stadium with a .500 record, desperate to reverse New England’s recent dominance in their matchups. The Patriots, meanwhile, were looking to reassert themselves after a close--and controversial--division loss against the Jets last week.
As expected, this game was pretty entertaining, with all sorts of storylines on both sides of the ball. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers and key players so we can see why things played out the way they did. We’ll also look ahead to Week 9 to see what’s in store for each team.
What Happened: Early on, the Dolphins looked like they had this game in hand. They had New England shut down offensively, and were able to move the ball well during the first half. Miami jumped out to a quick 14-point lead after two passing scores from QB Ryan Tannehill, then added a field goal for a 17-3 halftime lead.
Once the teams switched sides, however, it was all Patriots. After a missed field goal by the Dolphins, New England QB Tom Brady marched his team straight down the field for a pair of touchdowns to tie things up. After another field goal, they’d have their first lead 20-17 at the end of the third. Miami wouldn’t score again, and the Pats would clench it with a 3-yard run by Stevan Ridley for the final score, giving New England a victory 27-17.
With the win, the Patriots move to 6-2 and remain atop the AFC East. The Dolphins fall to 3-4 and are now on a four-game losing skid.
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The Stars: We’ll give top honors to the New England defense, who got their stuff together after halftime. They notched six sacks against a porous Miami O-line, and also added a pair of interceptions--one a highlight-reel snag by Marquice Cole--to effectively shut down the Dolphins offense.
The Pats’ run game was working well: Ridley, LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden and Brady all combined for 152 total yards and two scores on the ground.
We also have to mention the officiating here; the Dolphins came out on the wrong end of at least two questionable calls. One was a phantom pass interference penalty on Rob Gronkowski that kept a first-half Patriots drive alive and allowed them to get a field goal; the other came on an illegal touch after a strip-sack on Brady. Those two plays will be debated in game breakdowns all week.
The Goats: The Dolphins defense came up with three sacks, but couldn’t apply consistent pressure when it was needed. Brady had ample time in the pocket to decide what he wanted to do on most plays. They had issues with their line on the other side of the ball as well: Tannehill was facing pressure on virtually every pass.
No. 1 wide receiver Mike Wallace wasn’t much of a factor. He notched only three catches, but did end up leading the team in receiving yards (41).
We’ll also mention Brady here. He got the job done, but posted another statistically ugly game: 13-for-22 for just 116 yards, a TD and an interception.
Injuries: There were a couple of very noteworthy injury issues in this one. Miami WR Brandon Gibson left the game relatively early on due to a knee injury and wouldn’t return.
The Patriots lost another offensive lineman in Sebastian Vollmer, who hurt his leg in a painful-looking roll-up. We’ll also have to keep an eye on Brady’s much talked-about hand this week. It looked a little tender during the game.
Outlook: The Dolphins have a quick turnaround this week, as they’ll be hosting the Cincinnati Bengals on “Thursday Night Football.”
As for the Patriots, they’ll get another home game as they welcome their conference rival Pittsburgh Steelers to Gillette Stadium on Sunday (4:25 PM ET).
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