Patriots Beat Dolphins 35-17 for 7th Straight Win

Monday, November 27, 2017
Joe Calabro, GoLocalProv Sports Team

Rob Gronkowski
Rob Gronkowski and Rex Burkhead scored two touchdowns each to lead the New England Patriots to their seventh straight win, beating the Miami Dolphins 35-17 at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

The win improves the Patriots to 9-2 on the season, while the Dolphins fall to 4-7 overall and have lost five straight games.

Gronkowski, Burkhead Lead Patriots Offense

Leading 14-7 in the second quarter, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady found Burkhead in the end zone for a touchdown to increase the Patriots lead to 21-7 following an extra point by Stephen Gostkowski.

The touchdown was Burkhead’s second of the game after running one in from two yards out in the first quarter.

Miami would close the to within 11, 21-10, on a field goal by Cody Parkey with 4:06 left in the half.

The Dolphins had a chance to cut the lead even further, however, Miami quarterback Matt Moore threw an interception to Stephon Gilmore to end the half.

In the third quarter, Brady connected with Gronkowski on a 15-yard touchdown pass to push the Patriots lead to 28-10.

The touchdown was Gronkowski’s second of the game.

The two touchdowns marked Gronkowski's 16th career game with multiple touchdowns, breaking the Patriots record previously held by Randy Moss. 

Patriots Seal the Win

The Miami Dolphins cut the Patriots lead to 28-17 and had possession from their own 39-yard line with 10:28 to play.

The Patriots defense would come up with back-to-back sacks in the form of Elandon Roberts and Kyle Van Noy to set up a 3rd and 28 for the Dolphins.

After an incomplete pass on third down, the Dolphins would go for it on 4th and 11 from their own 38, but the Patriots would come up with the stop, giving the offense the ball back.

Five plays later, Brandin Cooks sealed the Patriots win by scoring a touchdown on a jets sweep with 6:31 left to play to give the Patriots a 34-17 lead.

Brady would finish the game going 18 for 28 for 227 yards and four touchdowns and one interception.

Dion Lewis had 15 carries for 112 yards, while Cooks hauled in six catches for 83 yards.

Next up 

The Patriots return to action on Sunday, November 3 when they visit the Buffalo Bills. 

Game time is set for 1 p.m. 

  • 10.

     Free Agency/Salary Cap Era Dominance 

    Since the beginning of the free agency and salary cap era in 1993, no coach and team has been more well-known for shrewd moves to stay under the salary cap and bringing in free agents to supplement the talent on his team, and win at the same time, as the New England Patriots. 

    In 2001, coach Belichick brought in free agents David Patten, Larry Izzo, Mike Vrabel, Antowain Smith, Bryan Cox and Roman Phifer. The Patriots won their first Super Bowl. 

    Belichick continued to bring in major free agents for the Patriots’ other Super Bowl runs. Whether it was Roosevelt Colvin and Rodney Harrison in 2003 or trading for Corey Dillon in 2004. 

    Belichick has also not been afraid to let star players walk. This includes allowing Ty Law to leave in 2005, Willie McGinest and Adam Vinatieri to leave and trading Deion Branch in 2006 or letting Asante Samuel leave in 2008.

    Belichick has also not been afraid to pull the trigger on major trades just prior to the season starting. Trading players like Lawyer Milloy, Richard Seymour and Logan Mankins less than a month before the start of those respective seasons. 

    Despite all of these moves, the Patriots have continued to win year in and year out. 

     
  • 9.

    12 Straight Seasons of At Least 10 Wins Or More 

    The New England Patriots have had at least 10 wins in a season for 12 straight seasons. The last time the Patriots didn't have at least 10 wins in a season was in 2002 when they went 9-7 the year after winning a Super Bowl. 

    In this stretch, New England has won 16 games once, 12 games four times, 14 games three times, 13 and 11 games once, and ten games two times. 

     
  • 8.

    As the Game Changes, The Patriots Still Win. 

    When the Patriots started this incredible run in 2001, the game was much different then it is today. 

    The running game was still emphasized and defense's were allowed to be much more physical then they are in the game today. 

    Today's game features rules that are structured to help the offense score more points and teams, including the Patriots, have had to change the way they play defense and the way they hit, due to the emphasis on concussion prevention. 

    Through all the rule changes that the league has undergone, the Patriots have still won, year in and year out. 

     
  • 7.

    14 Consecutive Winning Seasons

    In Bill Belichick's first season in New England, 2000, the Patriots went 5-11 and missed the playoffs for the second straight season. Since then, the Patriots have not had a losing season, not even a .500 season, they've had 14 straight winning seasons. 

    One of the most impressive seasons still remains the 2008 season. Tom Brady got hurt in the first game and was out for the season and Matt Cassell stepped in to replace him. 

    The Patriots went 11-5 that year but missed the playoffs due to a tie breaker that they lost. 

    That particular season has to be one of Bill Belichicks greatest jobs in his time here. Nobody saw the Patriots going 11-5 that season after Brady went down. 

     
  • 6.

    12 Division Titles - 6 Straight

    The New England Patriots have now won 12 AFC East titles in 14 years and are currently in the middle of a stretch in which they have won six straight. 

    With the rest of the AFC East still a disaster, one has to believe that the Pats will be adding a few more titles before the Belichick-Brady era is over. 

     
  • 5.

    9 Conference Championship Appearances 

    In the Brady/Belichick era, the Patriots have been to nine AFC Championship games and have won six of them. 

    New England is currently in a stretch in which they have gone to four straight championship games, three of which were held at Gillette Stadium. 

    To put this in perspective, Peyton Manning has lost in the first round nine times in his career and the New York Jets have only ever been to four Conference Championship games in franchise history since the AFL - NFL merger. 

    To be a final four team in nine of 14 seasons is pretty impressive for the New England Patriots, or for that matter, any other team. 

     
  • 4.

    6 Conference Championships

    The Patriots have been the best team in the AFC six times in the 14 year run of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. 

    Of the six games the Patriots won, they were favored in four of them and four of the six games were played at Gillette Stadium. 

    The six conference Championship wins are as follows:

    • 2001- At Pittsburgh - Pats win 24-17
    • 2003- vs. Colts - Pats Win 24-14 
    • 2004- At Pittsburgh - Pats Win 41-27
    • 2007- vs. San Diego - Pats Win 21-12
    • 2011- vs. Baltimore - Pats Win 23-20
    • 2015- vs. Colts - Pats Win 45-7

    Photo courtesy of Au Kirk, Flickr

     
  • 3.

    4 Rings - 6 Appearances 

    In the Patriots six appearences in the Super Bowl, they have come out of it with four championships, including a stretch of three in four years. 

    The Patriots Super Bowl Wins are as follows: 

    2001 vs. St. Louis Rams - Pats Win 20-17 
    2003 vs. Carolina -  Pats Win 32-29
    2004 vs. Philidelphia- Pats Win 24-21
    2015 vs. Seattle - Pats Win 28-24

     
  • 2.

    Tom Brady - Greatest QB ever

    Tom Brady now has four Super Bowl rings in his career tieing his boyhood idle Joe Montana and is 4-2 in the Super Bowl and has three Super Bowl MVP's. 

    Brady is the all-time leader in playoff passing yards with over 7,000 yards through the air and is the all -time leader in playoff wins with 21. Brady is 21-8 in the playoffs all-time. 

    Brady also has the most touchdown passes in Super Bowl history with 13  and has the most touchdown passes in playoff history with 53. 

    Brady is in the top five in career passing yards with over 53,000 and has a good chance to be in the top three by the time his career is over. 

    Tom Brady has 45 career game winning drives, which is tied for fourth all-time, and Brady is also fourth with 35 come from behind wins, 9 of which came in the playoffs. 

    The New England Patriots are the greatest team of all-time because they have the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady. 

     

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