Tua Tagovailoa threw a go-ahead landing move to Jaylen Waddle within the third quarter and Xavien Howard recovered a fumble with New England driving within the fourth to assist the Miami Dolphins maintain on for a 17-16 win over the Patriots on Sunday.
It was Miami’s second straight win over the Patriots. Tagovailoa additionally led the Dolphins to a win within the second assembly between the groups final season.
Tagovailoa completed 16 of 27 for 202 yards, a landing and one interception, and likewise had a 3-yard TD run to steer a revamped offense that saved the Patriots’ rebuilt protection guessing, mixing in no-huddle and empty backfield formations. DeVante Parker caught 4 passes for 81 yards.
Miami’s win spoiled the debut of New England’s Mac Jones, who grew to become the primary rookie quarterback to begin for the Patriots since Drew Bledsoe in 1993. Jones was 29 of 39 for 281 yards and a landing. Damien Harris rushed 23 instances for 100 yards, however had the pricey fumble to finish New England’s comeback hopes.
Miami took a 17-10 lead within the third quarter on a 3-yard landing from Tagovailoa to Waddle.
The Patriots reduce it to 17-13 within the fourth after they ate up greater than 5 minutes of the clock to drive contained in the Dolphins 15. However it stalled there and Nick People’s third area objective made it 17-16 with 10:36 left.
On their ensuing drive, the Dolphins had been dealing with third-and-7 on their very own 43 when Tagovailoa was flushed out of the pocket and heaved a move towards the sideline. The ball was tipped and intercepted by Jonathan Jones, giving the ball again to the Patriots at midfield with simply over eight minutes remaining.
New England moved all the way in which to the Miami 11. However on the subsequent play, a 2-yard run by Harris ended with him dropping the ball on a success by Howard. Howard recovered it and the Dolphins took over on their very own 9. They had been capable of run out the clock.
Tagovailoa accomplished a number of deep passes on the Patriots secondary, profiting from the absence of cornerback Stephon Gilmore. The 2019 NFL Defensive Participant of Yr began the season on the bodily unable to carry out checklist and can miss at the least the primary six video games.
Jones was environment friendly for a lot of the sport, spreading the ball round to a number of receivers and discovering tender spots within the Miami protection for chunk performs. Penalties damage the Patriots, although, negating large positive aspects and forcing the offense to accept area objectives.
Each offenses had early success transferring the ball, however the Dolphins acquired on the scoreboard first.
Harris had the primary large play of the day, slipping by way of a giant gap in center of Miami’s protection on the sport’s opening snap for a 35-yard acquire.
It was one in every of 4 straight operating performs by New England earlier than Jones dropped again to move for the primary time. The play ended with him forcing an ungainly throw behind the road of scrimmage that was batted to the turf by Christian Wilkins. The ball rolled free earlier than being recovered by Jonnu Smith for a lack of 9 yards. New England punted two performs later.
Miami took over and combined in some quick passes by Tagovailoa and runs by Myles Gaskin to shortly get into the pink zone.
The ten-play, 80-yard drive ended with a 3-yard landing run by Tagovailoa to assist put Miami in entrance 7-0.
Dolphins: DT Raekwon Davis limped off early within the first quarter with a knee damage.
Patriots: OT Trent Brown left within the first quarter with a proper calf damage.
Dolphins: Host Buffalo subsequent Sunday.
Patriots: Go to the New York Jets subsequent Sunday.