Final, Patriots 36-7: The Dolphins failed to make it up the field in the final minute of the game, allowing the Patriots to remain undefeated with the win.
The Patriots will meet the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Nov. 8, at Gillette Stadium.
Fourth quarter, 1:26, Patriots 36-7: Backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo came on for the Patriots, who ended up with a three-and-out.
Fourth quarter, 3:06, Patriots 36-7: The Dolphins got close to the red zone but turned the ball over on downs after failing to convert a fourth-and-23.
Fourth quarter, 7:17, Patriots 36-7: Brady and the Patriots marched 80 yards down the field in seven plays, ending in another touchdown pass to Edelman. Gostkowski’s kick (unsurprisingly) was good to stretch the Patriots’ lead.
Fourth quarter, 11:31, Patriots 29-7: Consecutive sacks by Rob Ninkovich and Dont’a Hightower on first and second down pushed the Dolphins back, and they punted after failing to convert their third-and-28.
Fourth quarter, 13:29, Patriots 29-7: Brady moved the offense up 15 yards in 46 seconds, completing a 10-yard pass to Julian Edelman for the touchdown. The extra point from Gostkowski was good.
Fourth quarter, 14:15, Patriots 22-7: Tannehill targeted Kenny Stills, but the ball landed in Patriots cornerback Duron Harmon’s hands for the interception.
The pick was Harmon’s third of the season.
Third quarter, 0:56, Patriots 22-7: Brady hit Gronk for a 33-yard reception, but there wasn’t much doing other than that on the Patriots’ latest drive.
Dion Lewis dropped a pass from Brady. It was the first drop of the game for the Patriots after they suffered seven last week.
Third quarter, 2:25, Patriots 22-7: The Patriots allowed one first down, then shut down the Dolphins and forced a punt.
The Patriots have the ball on their own 20-yard line.
Third quarter, 6:09, Patriots 22-7: The third quarter is flying by here in Foxboro. Stephen Gostkowski just hit a 36-yard field goal to put the Patriots ahead by 15 points.
Dion Lewis had a big drive, gaining 22 yards. Gronkowski put up 25 yards on the series.
Third quarter, 11:25, Patriots 19-7: This is the team Dolphins fans expected to see tonight.
The Dolphins drove 80 yards down the field on just seven plays, scoring on Lamar Miller’s 1-yard touchdown run. Patriots cornerback Justin Coleman allowed a 23-yard catch to Kenny Stills. Safety Patrick Chung allowed a 29-yarder to tight end Jordan Cameron.
Halftime, Patriots 19-0: The Dolphins finished the half by missing a 63-yard field goal attempt. The Patriots went into prevent and allowed a chunk of yards, but it wasn’t enough.
Brady was 17-of-24 passing for 213 yards with two touchdowns in the first half. LeGarrette Blount led the Patriots with 34 yards on 10 carries. Dion Lewis led with six receptions for 93 yards and one touchdown. Rob Gronkowski had the other receiving score.
Chandler Jones leads the team with four tackles and two sacks. The Patriots allowed just 9 yards on eight carries. They allowed just 67 yards through the air.
Second quarter, 0:24, Patriots 19-0: Wasn’t this game supposed to be close?
The Patriots just drove down the field with ease, capping the drive with a 16-yard touchdown hookup from Brady to Lewis.
Brady hit Edelman for a 14-yard catch, Lewis for an 11-yarder and LaFell for 18 yards earlier in the drive to put the Patriots in the red zone.
Second quarter, 1:41, Patriots 12-0: The Patriots forced another three-and-out and punt, and they have the ball on their own 49-yard line.
Safety Patrick Chung broke up a deep pass intended for Jordan Cameron to end the series.
Second quarter, 3:25, Patriots 12-0: The Patriots faced fourth-and-1 and were going to hand off to LeGarrette Blount, but three Patriots jumped. Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski then nailed a 52-yard field goal.
Second quarter, 5:17, Patriots 9-0: Well, that was quick. Logan Ryan picked off a Ryan Tannehill pass intended for Rishard Matthews. Patriots ball at the Dolphins’ 39-yard line.
Second quarter, 5:23, Patriots 9-0: The Patriots have had a few chances to put this game away early. They were just forced to punt again after two costly penalties.
Second quarter, 8:04, Patriots 9-0: Chandler Jones is having quite the statistical season. He just picked up his second sack of the game to force a punt. Jones now has 8.5 sacks on the season through 6 1/2 games.
Second quarter, 9:47, Patriots 9-0: The Dolphins are very lucky the Patriots don’t have the ball in the red zone right now. Brady spun out of a sack and fired the ball downfield. Dolphins cornerback Jamar Taylor blatantly made contact before the ball got to wideout Brandon LaFell, but no flag was thrown.
The Patriots were forced to punt. The Dolphins have the ball on their own 27-yard line.
Second quarter, 11:52, Patriots 9-0: The Patriots forced a three-and-out and have another chance to increase their lead.
Punter Matt Darr just booted the ball 70 yards. Edelman managed just a 10-yard return, and the Patriots have the ball on their own 34. Great job by Darr to flip the field.
Second quarter, 12:40, Patriots 9-0: The Patriots went three and out, but now they’re pinned at their own 6-yard line after a fantastic punt by Ryan Allen and an even better stop by special teams captain Matthew Slater. Needless to say, Jarvis Landry shouldn’t have tried to return the punt.
Second quarter, 14:05, Patriots 9-0: And the Dolphins still can’t get out of their own way.
Dolphins center Mike Pouncey snapped the ball out of the end zone for a safety, and the Patriots suddenly lead by nine points.
Second quarter, 14:53, Patriots 7-0: The Patriots were forced to punt after getting near midfield. Guard Josh Kline was hit with a costly clipping penalty, which pushed the Patriots back 15 yards.
Brady scrambled on third-and-16, dropping a perfect pass over Gronkowski’s shoulder, but the big tight end couldn’t haul it in as Dolphins safety Reshad Jones slapped the ball away.
Patriots punter Ryan Allen pinned the Dolphins inside their own 10-yard line. They’ll start at the 9.
First quarter, 4:47, Patriots 7-0: The Dolphins couldn’t help but trip over themselves with costly penalties, being charged with holding and a false start as they were driving down the field.
The drive ended with a 6-yard sack from Chandler Jones. Rookie Geneo Grissom whiffed on what would have been his first career sack.
Malcolm Butler has been tracking Jarvis Landry for the most part. Butler allowed a 17-yard catch to Rishard Matthews, however. Logan Ryan allowed a 15-yard catch to Matthews on the series, as well.
First quarter, 10:12, Patriots 7-0: Well, that was easy for New England.
The Patriots take the early lead on a 47-yard touchdown by Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots went 80 yards on eight plays in just under five minutes.
Tom Brady was a perfect 4-of-4 passing for 73 yards with the TD pass. LeGarrette Blount picked up 22 yards on four carries. Wideout Danny Amendola was hit with a 15-yard illegal crack-back block penalty.
First quarter, 15:00: The Dolphins won the coin toss and elected to defer. The Patriots will receive the kickoff.
7:51 p.m.: Here’s the Patriots offensive line based on warmups: LT Sebastian Vollmer, LG Josh Kline, C David Andrews, RG Tre’ Jackson, RT Cameron Fleming.
Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler were lined up as the Patriots’ starting cornerbacks.
Check out this morning’s mailbag if you’re looking for some pregame reading.
7:35 p.m.: Tom Brady entered the field, as usual, to Jay Z’s “Public Service Announcement,” followed by Nas’ “Hate Me Now.”
Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman are back catching punts in warmups. James White, Matthew Slater and Patrick Chung are catching kickoffs.
7:02 p.m.: Here are the Patriots’ inactives:
OT Marcus Cannon
DE Jabaal Sheard
S Dewey McDonald
Guard Shaq Mason
WR Keshawn Martin
S Tavon Wilson
DE Trey Flowers
Here are the Dolphins’ inactives:
CB Brice McCain
LB Chris McCain
Center Sam Brennar
OL Jeff Linkenback
WR Matt Hazel
TE Jake Stoneburner
DT A.J. Francis
There are no major surprises among the Patriots’ inactives. Running back Brandon Bolden is active after sitting out Sunday with a hamstring injury. Running back Dion Lewis also returns to the field after sitting out against the Jets.
Defensive end Trey Flowers, who made his NFL debut last week, is out, along with safety Tavon Wilson, who has played in just three games this season.
4:47 p.m.: It appears there will be some sort of Super Bowl celebration tonight. There are three Lombardi Trophy banners on the field.
Willie McGinest will be honored at halftime tonight. He was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame this summer.
1:50 p.m. ET: The New England Patriots’ starting running back reportedly will be back on the field Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins.
Dion Lewis is playing in the Week 8 matchup, a source told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Lewis played in Week 6 after being questionable with an abdomen injury, then sat out in Week 7 with the same designation. Lewis is listed as questionable again this week.
Lewis played 39 total snaps in Week 6 but received limited touches, carrying the ball just four times for 21 yards and catching three passes for 18 yards against the Indianapolis Colts. James White took his spot in the offense Sunday against the New York Jets, playing 43 snaps, carrying the ball twice for 4 yards and catching three passes for 26 yards.
Lewis started the first five games of the season for the Patriots and has four carries for 201 yards and 26 catches for 256 yards. He has three total touchdowns in the young season.
The Dolphins-Patriots matchup kicks off at 8:25 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium. “Thursday Night Football” games air on NFL Network and CBS. Tune in to “NESN Live” at 5:30 p.m., where we’ll preview the game. Also tune in to NESN at halftime for first-half analysis.
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