Dolphins vs. Patriots: Full Highlights and Recap

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2012

The New England Patriots pitched a shutout at home in Week 17, defeating the Miami Dolphins by a score of 28-0 in Foxborough, Mass., on Sunday.

Tom Brady and the Patriots offense efficiently moved the ball all game long, converting 28 first downs and chewing up the clock to win the time-of-possession battle by more than 10 minutes.

Brady finished the game with 284 yards and two touchdowns, hitting Wes Welker for a touchdown in the first quarter and Rob Gronkowski in the fourth quarter.

Stevan Ridley pitched in two short touchdown runs, and the Patriots won easily at home.

Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill suffered through a miserable performance, as he threw one interception and was sacked seven times while failing to lead a single scoring drive.

The Dolphins couldn't get anything going on the ground, and as a team they rushed for just 47 yards on 15 carries.

Defensive end Justin Francis stood out for the Patriots, tallying three sacks on the game. 

The Dolphins have some positives to take into next season, but this loss proved they still have a long ways to go before competing with the Patriots in the AFC East. 

The Patriots will now have a week off to prepare for the divisional round of the playoffs, having earned a first-round bye with the victory.


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