The Miami Dolphins win their second game of the season. They beat the New England Patriots with 24:17
Joy for the Miami Dolphins, dejection for the New England Patriots. In the duel of the two AFC East rivals, the two opponents gave each other nothing – with the better end for Miami, who won the game 24:17.
The Dolphins first took a 10-0 lead with a field goal by kicker Jason Sanders in the first quarter and an eight-yard touchdown run by Raheem Mostert before New England made it 10-3 with a field goal 1:49 minutes before halftime.
But Miami countered before the break. In 1:38 minutes, head coach Mike McDaniel’s offense marched down the field and gained 75 yards on just eight plays.
Superstar Tyreek Hill capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown after a pass from fellow quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to make it 17-3.
After halftime, nothing went right for both teams for a long time. A blocked field goal attempt by the Dolphins and an interception by Patriots playmaker Mac Jones remained the biggest highlights of the 3rd quarter.
Miami can answer
It wasn’t until the final period of the game that New England got close. Tight end Hunter Henry caught his second touchdown of the season after a 6-yard pass from Jones to make it 10:17 for New England.
But once again Miami had the right answer. Running back Mostert reached the end zone for the second time a short time later and restored the old 14-point gap (24:10).
In return, Patriots running back Rhamondrae Stevenson scored a touchdown with 5.5 minutes left to make it 17-24.
Patriots as bad as they’ve been since 2001
In the end, that’s how it stayed. Partly because Dolphins kicker Sanders put a 55-yard attempt for a field goal next to the uprights and the Patriots gave the ball away again on the ensuing drive after a controversial turnover on downs, whereupon Miami brought home the win.
– Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 18, 2023
Best man on the Dolphins’ side was Mostert, who ran for 121 yards in 18 attempts in addition to his two touchdowns. For the Patriots, it is the first start to the season with two losses since 2001 – before the beginning of the Tom Brady era.