The Patriots started the third quarter with a three-and-out, and with the Dolphins knocking on the door to extend their 17-3 lead, New England's season seemed to be hanging by a thread.
But a missed field goal by the Dolphins turned the tide, and it was all Patriots from there.
New England sent an assortment of blitzes at Miami's offense, the kind of aggressive defense not often seen from the Patriots. Tom Brady hung strong after a dreadful start and led the Pats to 24 second-half points to secure the win.
It was the tale of two teams: the listless, lifeless Pats of the first half, and the inspired, aggressive Pats of the second half. Which one is the real Patriots?
Here are the takeaways.