(MiamiDolphins.com) – The Dolphins beat the Patriots 22-12 on Sunday, giving the home team six wins in the last eight games against their rival at Hard Rock Stadium. As a result, Miami will finish with a winning record for the 31st time in franchise history and first since 2016.
After a first half where very little went right for Miami, the Dolphins came out of the locker room looking to make a statement.
Without tight end Mike Gesicki and wide receivers DeVante Parker and Jakeem Grant, the Dolphins went to the ground game. In the second half, a rushing surge helped produce three touchdowns in four second-half possessions (not including a fifth possession to run out the clock).
Trailing near the end of the third quarter, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa punctuated a lengthy Dolphins possession that covered 90 yards on 14 plays with a scramble touchdown run.
On third-and-goal from the 3-yard-line, Tagovailoa escaped pressure and extended the ball over the goal line to put Miami in front 15-9 (Miami converted a two-point conversion on a hook-and-ladder from Tagovailoa to Isaiah Ford and the pitch to Salvon Ahmed).
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