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Best Of Social Media: Week 12 Dolphins vs Patriots

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Best Of Social Media: Week 12 Dolphins vs PatriotsDavid Butler II - USA TODAY Sports

Entering their Week 12 match up with the Miami Dolphins, the New England Patriots were beginning a stretch of five pivotal AFC East divisional games in six weeks to close out the regular season.

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In the first quarter, it appeared the Patriots had been forced to punt to open the game, but a little trickery from Bill Belichick kept the drive alive.

Unfortunately, it came at a cost, as Nate Ebner went down with a non-contact injury on the run and was lost for the season.

The fake punt setup the first score of the game following this deep pass from Tom Brady to Phillip Dorsett.

Running back Rex Burkhead would score from inside the 10 to put the Patriots ahead 7-0.

It didn’t take long for Brady to attack the Dolphins secondary, as he found tight end Rob Gronkowski towards the end of the first quarter to put his team up by two scores and set some Gronk records in the process.

Just when it appeared the Patriots were going to run away and hide, backup center Ted Karras, who was replacing the injured David Andrews, botched a snap that was recovered and returned by the Dolphins defense to cut the score in half at 14-7.

Needing a response, Brady found Brandin “Cookie” Cooks deep to setup a third touchdown score of the day to open up the second quarter.

Brady would find Rex Burkhead for a second time, this time on the receiving end. 21-7 Patriots.

The defense would allow a field goal to cut the score to 21-10, but they also made big plays when needed most, including this clutch interception by cornerback Stephon Gillmore just before halftime. The Dolphins were inside the Patriots 20 but lost out on any points.

21-10 Patriots going into the half.

In the third quarter, Tom Brady continued to throw right at the Dolphins backfield, and connected for a second time to Rob Gronkowski to extend the lead to 28-10.

The Dolphins were kept out of the end zone until the fourth quarter, where Kenyan Drake hauled in a Matt Moore touchdown. It would be the only Dolphins offensive touchdown of the game. 28-17 Patriots.

Another Dolphins field goal cut the lead to 28-17, but any chance of a comeback was killed as Brady drove the ball down the field for a back breaking “shuffle” touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks to go up 35-17.

Despite a few miscues early on, the 35-17 score would stand as the Patriots earned their ninth victory of 2017 and their seventh in a row.

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