The New England Patriots dropped a 31-17 decision to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium. The Pats are now 2-6 as they hit the midway point of the 2023 season.
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa finished the day 30-of-45 passing for 326 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception, finishing off the Patriots with a dagger touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter. The Patriots’ Mac Jones, meanwhile, was 19-of-29 for 161 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The pick came late in the first half when the Pats had a chance to tie the game, a back-breaker in a game where points were desperately needed.
The game’s first big play came late in the first quarter, and from the Patriots defense. After being sacked by Christian Barmore on the previous play, Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa got rushed into a questionable decision to throw over the middle against the Patriots’ zone defense. Safety Kyle Dugger sat in his area and the ball went right to him for an easy interception.
Jones and the Patriots offense made Tua pay for the pick. Three plays later, on third-and-4, Jones fired a strike to Kendrick Bourne for a 24-yard catch-and-run touchdown, giving New England a 7-0 lead.