New England Patriots

Follow along below as we recap the action during Patriots-Dolphins in a big Week 4 showdown at Gillette Stadium. Check out live updates from the game, along with instant analysis of what’s happening on the field.


Live Updates


Q4, 2:42: No shutout for the Patriots. Frank Gore runs it in and it’s 38-7.


Q4, 13:43: Sony Michel runs it in for his first career touchdown. Patriots domination continues, now 38-0.


Third Quarter Thoughts: Still utter domination by the Patriots. The offense is humming, despite a handful of imperfect plays. But that was to be expected eventually. The real stunner today is that the Patriots defense has given Miami virtually nothing to work with. Even needing big plays and touchdowns just to get back in the conversation of this game, the Dolphins can’t get anything going. Their stifling performance is going to go down as the biggest factor of the game, regardless of how much better the offense has looked.

Q3, 5:13 Patriots rookie cornerback J.C. Jackson comes down with his first career interception to get the ball back to Brady.

Instant Analysis: Outstanding coverage by the rookie. Stuck to Albert Wilson like a magnet and stayed underneath. The receiver never had a chance and Jackson made a great play.


Q3, 6:22: Patriots announce that Rob Gronkowski (ankle) is questionable to return to the game.


Q3, 6:49: Brady floats it to the corner of the end zone, where White comes down with the touchdown catch, his second score of the day. All Patriots, up 31-0 in the third.

Instant Analysis: Just an incredible throw from Brady to White, who is thankfully getting more involved in the offense than he was in Detroit. Just about everything’s working for the Patriots right now. The story remains the defense, but the offense looks to have corrected some issues as well.


Q3, 11:50: Adam Butler makes the first sack of the day for the Patriots to force another punt from the Dolphins. Miami can’t capitalize on the Pats coming up short to start the second half, and Brady will get the ball back with a chance to extend the lead.

Instant Analysis: The Patriots front-seven has been ferocious all afternoon, and they really dialed up the pressure on that last drive. Dolphins pinned way back, down three possessions, third-and-long … great recipe for a sack. The Patriots’ utter domination at the line of scrimmage on defense continues to be the standout story of the game.


Q3, 14:06: Patriots’ chance at the patented double-score comes up short, as they’re forced to punt after Dorsett can’t quite reel in the catch on third down.


Q2, 0:18: Patriots go up 24-0 with halftime on the horizon. Phillip Dorsett reeled in a Brady pass and carried his momentum into a front flip to finish the drive with a flourish. Patriots in complete control and will get the ball to start the second half.

Instant Analysis: Dorsett was huge on the last drive, catching a big third-and-11 ball from Brady and making the nifty touchdown catch. Everyone’s getting involved pretty well for the Patriots offense, which hasn’t been perfect but has certainly been good enough. The defense, on the other hand, has pretty much been perfect.


Q2, 2:00: Patriots driving with two minutes left in the half and a chance at their usual double-score to start the third. The Dolphins responded to James White’s touchdown with another punt, and some hard running by Sony Michel and a big third-down catch by Phillip Dorsett has the Patriots knocking on the door again.


Q2, 7:29: Kyle Van Noy takes advantage of a botched shotgun snap by the Dolphins and recovers the fumble from Ryan Tannehill. Patriots take over, and Brady promptly gives it to James White who waltzes into the end zone. It’s 17-0 Patriots.

Instant Analysis: Well you don’t want to do THAT in Gillette Stadium. A botched snap, plus an angry defense, plus an angry Tom Brady on a short field, equals easy points for the Patriots. Excellent complementary football to give themselves a commanding lead with halftime on the horizon.


Q2, 8:13: Patriots forced to punt after Dorsett makes a nice catch, but can’t quite make it to the sticks on third down. The Pats committed three penalties on a single play to stall the drive out.

Instant Analysis: Consistency (or a lack thereof) of execution continues to limit the Patriots offense. One drive after a spectacular 55-yard touchdown for Patterson, penalties doom them on the next. The story of the game is still the performance of the Patriots defense, shutting out the Dolphins with barely even a sniff of the end zone.


Q2, 10:47: The Patriots defense has forced four punts from the Dolphins so far. They forced two all last week against the Lions.


Q2, 12:01: Tom Brady connects with Cordarrelle Patterson for a 55-yard touchdown. Patterson becomes the 70th player to catch a touchdown from Brady, tying Vinny Testaverde’s record. Patriots go up 10-0.

Instant Analysis: We all knew Patterson could make plays with the football if he could get open. Thankfully, Brady saw him wide open. The deep strike suddenly has the Dolphins inching their backs toward the wall themselves. Big drive coming up for the flow of this game for both teams.


First Quarter Thoughts: All-in-all, a much better start for the Patriots on both sides of the football. It looks like it’s going to be tough for both offenses to get into the end zone today. Dolphins tightened up in the red zone on defense, while they can’t get anything going on offense. The biggest difference from a week ago, through one quarter, is the play of the Patriots defense. They are giving the Dolphins little time and space to work with, and it’s resulted in a disappearing act for the entire Miami offense so far.

Q1, 1:28: Tom Brady throws his third interception of the season attempting to hit Phillip Dorsett on 3rd-and-9. Bobby McCain stepped up and snagged the ball.

Instant analysis: Brady’s decision-making continues to be spotty at best. He tried to force a ball to Dorsett over the middle when the receiver wasn’t open. He also took a hit as he threw. He would’ve been much better off tucking the ball and taking a sack. Patriots offense still needs work on third down.

Q1, 3:27: The Patriots defense forces another punt from Miami. Two possessions, two forced punts.

Instant analysis: The defense looks like they are elevating themselves and responding to the last two weeks in a big way. The front-seven has been swarming the line of scrimmage and the coverage has been tight. There was nowhere for Ryan Tannehill to go on at least two plays, and the linebackers led by Dont’a Hightower and Kyle Van Noy are already looking like they’re having their best week yet. — Matt Dolloff

Q1, 5:28: Patriots take a 3-0 lead after Stephen Gostkowski nails a 20-yard field goal. Patriots are up 3-0 in the first.

Instant analysis: Good first drive for the Patriots, except for the fact that they couldn’t punch it into the end zone. The Dolphins have had a “bend-but-don’t break” red zone defense so far this season, and that came to fruition on the Pats’ first possession. But the offense looks much more in sync than last week already. Sony Michel can make some plays when he gets better blocking up front and they’re getting Josh Gordon involved early and often. Overall, solid start for the Pats in all three phases. — Matt Dolloff

Q1, 12:05: The Dolphins are forced to punt after a holding penalty on center Daniel Kilgore forced a 2nd-and-17 that they couldn’t overcome.

Instant analysis: Strong start for the defense. Malcom Brown drew the key holding penalty and the coverage was tight. Not much room for Miami to operate on their opening possession. — Matt Dolloff)

1:02PM: Patriots win coin toss and defer to the second half.

11:32AM: The Patriots have announced their inactive players: TE Jacob Hollister, CB Eric Rowe, DL Geneo Grissom, OL Cole Croston, OL Ted Karras, DL Keionta Davis, and DE Derek Rivers. This means that WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) will be active for the first time as a Patriot. It also means that DE Trey Flowers and S Patrick Chung will return after missing Week 3 with concussion symptoms.


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Injury Report


QUESTIONABLE:

RT Marcus Cannon (calf)
S Patrick Chung (concussion)
CB Keion Crossen (hamstring)
S Nate Ebner (hip)
DE Trey Flowers (concussion)
WR Josh Gordon (hamstring)
DE Geneo Grissom (ankle)
TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle)
TE Jacob Hollister (chest)
LB Brandon King (foot)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)

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