In what seems to be a common occurrence for Patriots and Dolphins games, wind and rain reeked havoc in Miami, setting up for a loose contest. The Dolphins were able to use a short kick off and a face-mask penalty to open the game with great field position and were able to get an early 3-0 lead. On the Patriots opening drive, Stevan Ridley, on what would be the play of the game, went for 66 yards to give the Pats a 7-3 lead. On the next drive, Malcolm Smith picked off Ryan Tannehill and the Patriots drove through short field postion to take a 14-3 lead. A crafty HB screen got the Dolphins right back, making the game 14-10. The Patriots offense kept clicking in the first half, scoring another touchdown to get a 21-10 lead at the two minute warning. A quick pick led to another score 30 seconds later, giving the Pats a 28-10 lead. But the Dolphins got in a field goal before the half, making the score 28-13. The second half was an uneventful one, with multiple punts and turnovers. With the Dolphins looking to comeback, the Patriots were able to knock out Ryan Tannehill and their back-up, knocking them down to their 3rd string QB. With all that against them, they were still able to score another touchdown. But continuous first downs by Brady ended all hopes of a comeback: Patriots 31 - Dolphins 20.