New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins

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Knowshon Moreno rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown as the Dolphins fought back to beat the Patriots.

0:32 | September 7, 2014 | Football, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, NFL

Game Information
Location: Sun Life Stadium Miami Gardens, Florida
Attendance: 70,630

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Joe Philbin prefers simple messages. Not even trailing New England by 10 points at halftime of the season opener could get the Miami coach to change his tone.

"The plays are there," Philbin simply said.

His team repeatedly proved him right.

Knowshon Moreno rushed for 134 yards and a big fourth-quarter touchdown, Ryan Tannehill threw for two scores and the Dolphins dominated New England after halftime in a 33-20 win on Sunday. The Dolphins outscored New England 23-0 and outgained the Patriots 222-67 in the second half, and that stat includes 37 meaningless yards on the game's final drive.

"We knew what was killing us," Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace said. "Ourselves."

Once Miami stopped beating Miami, New England had no answers. The Patriots lost their opener for the first time since 2003, and they don't hold at least a share of first in the AFC East for the first time since Week 3 of 2012.

"They took away everybody in the second half," Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said.

Brady threw a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski and Shane Vereen had a rushing touchdown for New England, which endured a most uncharacteristic freefall. The last time the Patriots were outscored by 23 points or more in the second half was Nov. 30, 2008 against Pittsburgh - 94 games ago.

"We need to do a better job than we did today," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "It's as simple as that."

Moreno now has 358 yards on the ground in his last two regular-season games against New England, the first being a 224-yard effort in Denver's loss at the Patriots last season.

That one, he tried to forget. This one, he'll savor.

"Did you see that man out there?" asked Dolphins center Samson Satele, one of five new starters on Miami's offensive line. "He's a crazy dude. You give him a little crease and away he goes."

Moreno rushed for 91 yards after halftime. The Patriots rushed for 28.

"An all-around great game," Moreno said.

For much of the first half, that was not the case.

Rookie linebacker Chris McCain had a blocked punt on the game's first series, setting up a Tannehill-to-Lamar Miller touchdown pass - the first time Miami's opening offensive sequence of a season resulted in a TD throw since Dan Marino and Mark Duper connected in 1992.

But the Dolphins would turn the ball over three straight times later in the half, New England would grab a 17-7 lead, and extended the margin to 20-10 at the break.

"We made a statement as a team," McCain said. "We had three or four turnovers and we were down, but we knew we could do something. We had to calm down, get our poise and come out and ball. We came back real well and shut them out in the second half. That's unheard of. With Tom Brady out there you expect about 35 points."

When the Patriots are up 10, you can expect a win as well. They were 16-1 in their last 17 games with a double-digit halftime lead. But on Sunday, an 89-degree day that felt like 99 when factoring in the humidity, New England wilted.

"They just played better," Gronkowski said.

Brady finished 29 of 56 passing for 249 yards. Tannehill completed 18 of 32 passes for 178 yards.

Tannehill hit Wallace for a 14-yard score midway through the third to tie the game, Caleb Sturgis added one of his four field goals to put the Dolphins on top, and then Miami sealed it late.

Helped by a roughing-the-passer penalty and a pair of third-down completions by Tannehill, the Dolphins went 85 yards in about 6 minutes to put the game away. Moreno barged in from the 4 with 3:36 remaining to push the lead to 30-20, and the outcome was academic from there.

"Nobody else gave us a shot," Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon said. "Just glad we got this win."

NOTES: Brady passed Warren Moon for No. 6 on the all-time NFL passing list. ... Miami lost starting LBs Danell Ellerbee (hip) and Koa Misi (ankle) in the first half, and those injuries came with another would-be starter in Phillip Wheeler already out. ... Dolphins DE Cameron Wake has had at least one sack in each of New England's last five trips to Miami.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Patriots Dolphins
11:46 Lamar Miller 4 yd pass from Ryan Tannehill (Caleb Sturgis kick) 0 7
05:10 Shane Vereen 2 yd run (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 7 7
00:47 Stephen Gostkowski 47 yd FG 10 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Patriots Dolphins
08:37 Rob Gronkowski 6 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 17 7
01:59 Caleb Sturgis 38 yd FG 17 10
00:06 Stephen Gostkowski 45 yd FG 20 10

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Patriots Dolphins
10:46 Caleb Sturgis 24 yd FG 20 13
06:55 Mike Wallace 14 yd pass from Ryan Tannehill (Caleb Sturgis kick) 20 20
02:38 Caleb Sturgis 22 yd FG 20 23

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Patriots Dolphins
03:29 Knowshon Moreno 4 yd run (Caleb Sturgis kick) 20 30
02:44 Caleb Sturgis 27 yd FG 20 33

Team Stats
  New England Miami
1st Downs 20 25
Total Yards 315 360
Passing 226 169
Passing Completions/Attempts 29-56 18-32
Yards/Pass 3.8 5.1
Rushing 89 191
Rushing Attempts 20 38
Yards/Rush 4.5 5.0
Turnovers 2 3
Fumbles Lost 2 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Possession 29:33 30:27

New England Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Tom Brady 29 56 249 4.5 1 0

Miami Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Ryan Tannehill 18 32 178 5.6 2 1

New England Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Shane Vereen 7 36 5.1 1 11
Stevan Ridley 8 21 2.6 0 11
Julian Edelman 2 21 10.5 0 17
Brandon Bolden 2 8 4.0 0 7
Tom Brady 1 3 3.0 0 3

Miami Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Knowshon Moreno 24 134 5.6 1 15
Lamar Miller 11 59 5.4 0 13
Ryan Tannehill 3 -2 -0.7 0 0

New England Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Julian Edelman 6 95 15.8 0 44
Rob Gronkowski 4 40 10.0 1 18
Kenbrell Thompkins 5 37 7.4 0 14
Shane Vereen 5 35 7.0 0 12
Danny Amendola 3 16 5.3 0 8
Tim Wright 3 15 5.0 0 8
Stevan Ridley 2 7 3.5 0 4
Brandon Bolden 1 4 4.0 0 4
Brandon LaFell 0 0 0.0 0

Miami Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Mike Wallace 7 81 11.6 1 22
Charles Clay 2 27 13.5 0 24
Brian Hartline 2 26 13.0 0 15
Lamar Miller 4 19 4.8 1 7
Dion Sims 1 9 9.0 0 9
Brandon Gibson 1 9 9.0 0 9
Harold Hoskins 1 7 7.0 0 7
Jarvis Landry 0 0 0.0 0

New England Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jerod Mayo 10 2 1 9
Jamie Collins 8 0 0 0
Sealver Siliga 6 0 0 0
Chandler Jones 4 0 0 0
Rob Ninkovich 4 0 0 0
Patrick Chung 3 1 0 0
Malcolm Butler 2 0 0 0
Alfonzo Dennard 2 0 0 0
Devin McCourty 2 1 0 0
Kyle Arrington 1 0 0 0
Dominique Easley 1 0 0 0
Darrelle Revis 1 0 0 0
Logan Ryan 1 0 0 0
Joe Vellano 1 0 0 0
Vince Wilfork 1 1 0 0
Tavon Wilson 1 0 0 0
Tom Brady 0 0 0 0
Jordan Devey 0 0 0 0
Nate Ebner 0 0 0 0
Dont'a Hightower 0 1 0 0
Don Jones 0 0 0 0

Miami Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jelani Jenkins 5 1 0 0
Louis Delmas 4 0 0 0
Jimmy Wilson 4 3 0 0
Cameron Wake 3 0 2 7
Olivier Vernon 3 0 1 7
Will Davis 3 1 0 0
Cortland Finnegan 3 1 0 0
Brent Grimes 3 1 0 0
Jared Odrick 3 0 0 0
Jamar Taylor 3 0 0 0
Jason Trusnik 3 0 0 0
Dannell Ellerbe 2 0 0 0
Koa Misi 2 0 0 0
Earl Mitchell 2 0 0 0
Chris McCain 1 0 1 9
Randy Starks 1 0 0 0
Walt Aikens 0 0 0 0
Jonathan Freeny 0 1 0 0
Lamar Miller 0 0 0 0
Michael Thomas 0 0 0 0
Mike Wallace 0 0 0 0

New England Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Alfonzo Dennard 1 0 0

Miami Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

New England Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Patrick Chung 2 50 25.0 0 30
Devin McCourty 1 27 27.0 0 27

Miami Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jarvis Landry 2 56 28.0 0 29
Damien Williams 1 19 19.0 0 19

New England Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Julian Edelman 2 15 7.5 0 13

Miami Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jarvis Landry 3 24 8.0 0 16

New England Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Stephen Gostkowski 2 2 100.0 47

Miami Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Caleb Sturgis 4 4 100.0 38

New England Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Ryan Allen 5 241 63

Miami Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Brandon Fields 2 100 51