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Patriots vs. Dolphins recap: Turnovers, O-line issues continue in 24-17 loss

New England falls to 0-2 on the year.

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In an all too familiar game script, the New England Patriots fell behind early and failed to mount their comeback against the Miami Dolphins, dropping their Sunday night contest 24-17. With the loss, New England falls to 0-2 for the first time since 2001.

Here’s everything that went down at Gillette.

Final Score: (0-2) Patriots 17 : 24 Dolphins (2-0)

Sunday, September 17, 8:20 p.m. ET | Gillette Stadium, Foxboro MA | Broadcast Information | Inactives

First Quarter

The Miami Dolphins won the toss and deferred, putting Mac Jones and the Patriots offense on the field to start. New England’s offense picked up back-to-back on a Rhamondre Stevenson handoff and screen to Demario Douglas. Two plays later, a sack by Bradley Chubb and David Long Jr. knocked New England back and eventually led to a punt.

Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins started their first drive on their own 15-yard line, where a pair of rushes set up an opening third-and-three. Tua found former Patriot Braxton Berrios for a conversion before hitting speedster Jaylen Waddle for 11 more yards. Miami then moved into the red area on a Raheem Mostert 10-yard carry, Tyreek Hill 15-yard catch-and-run, and Ahmed 19-yard completion. On third-and-goal at the five-yard line, Tagovailoa pass was incomplete. Jason Sanders connected on a 23-yard field goal to take an early lead. [Patriots 0 : 3 Dolphins]

New England started their next drive with Jones hitting DeVante Parker for a third-down conversion. After a Hunter Henry nine-yard completion and carry by Ezekiel Elliott picked up another first-down, a quick pass to Douglas picked up 11 more yards. But, the rookie receiver lost the ball in the process which was recovered by Miami.

Following the turnover, Miami picked up an opening third-down on a pass to Hill. After another conversion to Waddle for 15 yards, Isaiah Wynn was flagged for a block in the back putting Miami in a 2nd-and-20. It took just one play to overcome it, as a screen to Waddle picked up 28 yards. Two plays later, Mostert took it into the end zone from eight yards out. [Patriots 0 : 10 Dolphins]

Second Quarter

After finding themselves in another early double digit deficit, New England’s offense remained in neutral. Stevenson picked up one first down on third-and-on, but Jones was hit on the following third-down for an incompletion. Miami challenged the ruling on the field in hopes Jones fumbled, but the play stood. New England then punted.

Injury Update: DB Marcus Jones (shoulder) is questionable to return.

A 59-yard punt by Bryce Baringer started Miami’s next drive at their own 16-yard line. A three-yard rush by Mostert was all the success they had, as Myles Bryant broke up a third-down pass downfield to Waddle. Jake Bailey punted back to New England.

The Patriots offense found some life on their next drive running primarily out of 12 personnel. Stevenson and Jones (QB Sneak) picked up a pair of first-downs on the ground, before the quarterback found DeVante Parker for a gain of 12. The offense then stalled outside the red area, leading to a Chad Ryland 49-yard field goal. [Patriots 3 : 10 Dolphins]

Beginning their next drive with 1:49 remaining in the half, the Dolphins picked up their opening first-down before Tua hit River Cracraft for 22 yards. Two more completions to Durham Smythe and Cracraft moved Miami inside New England’s red area. On the next play, Tagovailoa delivered a perfectly placed pass to Berrios to New England’s two-yard line. Tua immediately looked for Tyreek Hill, who hauled in the score. [Patriots 3 : 17 Dolphins]

New England took a knee to end the half.

Third Quarter

New England’s defense held strong to open the second half. On the opening third-and-nine, Matthew Judon got home to sack Tagovailoa.

The Patriots offense picked up a quick first-down after a nine-yard rush by Stevenson and a sneak from Jones. After Jones hit Parker for a nine-yard gain on the following first down, New England got stuffed on back-to-back runs leading to a punt.

Starting at their own eight-yard line, Tua completed back-to-back nine yard gains to Smythe and Hill. After Hill picked up another first-down, Tagovailoa lofted one down the right sideline to Waddle for a 32-yard gain. An offensive holding call then pushed them backwards, which eventually set up a field goal. A well executed design by New England’s unit, however, resulted in a big block by Brenden Schooler which Kyle Dugger recovered.

After the block, New England’s offense took over at the Miami 49-yard line. A pass to Hunter Henry picked up nine and Jones then found Stevenson on third-down for a conversion. On the next third-down, Stevenson’s attempt did not pick up enough - even after a Belichick challenge. On fourth-and-one, Jones picked up the first on a keeper. The following play, Jones’ pass to Parker along the right sideline was intercepted.

Starting the drive at their own three-yard line after the turnover, New England’s defense held strong. Tagovailoa’s pass on third-down missed a stumbling Hill.

Fourth Quarter

New England’s offense found life on their next drive. Completions to Henry and Smith-Schuster picked up first downs before Mac scrambled to pick up a first-down on third-and-15. Down inside the 10-yard line, Jones moved out to his right before finding Henry in the end zone for a score. [Patriots 10 : 17 Dolphins]

Now a one-score game, Miami picked up a first-down before Tagovailoa uncorked one downfield which was intercepted by Christian Gonzalez.

After the interception, New England took over at their own 14-yard line. A screen to Smith-Schuster was blown up before Jones was sacked on second-down. Mac’s next pass to Gesicki fell incomplete, leading to another punt.

Starting their next possession with nine minutes left in the fourth, Mostert needed just one carry to house a 43-yard touchdown. [Patriots 10 : 24 Dolphins]

Down by two scores, New England’s offense got back to work. A pair of defensive pass interferences drawn by DeVante Parker and completions to the tight ends moved the across midfield. Then, Stevenson found 17 yards on the ground on back-to-back carries before Jones hit JuJu at the two-yard line. The next play, Stevenson plunged in for a score. [Patriots 17 : 24 Dolphins]

With 5:25 remaining in the game, Matthew Judon broke up a second-down pass intended for Waddle, but Marte Mapu was called for an unnecessary roughness (which Bill Belichick wholeheartedly disagreed with). Miami then stuck with Mostert on the ground until they faced a third-and-one, which Tagovailoa fumbled and recovered for a two-yard loss. Attempting a 55-yard field goal to ice the game, Jason Sanders’ attempt missed wide left.

Taking over at their own 45-yard line after the missed field goal, Jones fired back-to-back completions to Kendrick Bourne for a first-down. After a second-down sack, Jones hit Gesicki on third-and-18 to set up a fourth-and-three. To keep their hopes alive, Jones hit Gesicki short of the sticks but the tight end lateraled to Cole Strange. Strange appeared to plunge forward for the first-down, but video reviewed ruled him short.

Miami kneeled to end the game.

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