The Dolphins started the game with the ball at the 20. After a couple of first downs the Dolphins were forced to put from the 46. Taking the ball from the 13 yard line the Patriots methodically drove down the field to the Dolphins 4 yard line. The Dolphins were able to hold the Pats to 3 points despite the Patriots being 3 for 3 on third downs up to that point.
Following the kickoff Dolphins returner Thigpen returned the ball to the Phins 30 but a holding call pushed them back to their own 6. After a couple of short gains the Dolphins go 3 and out and are forced to punt with Brandon Fields standing on his own goal line. After another brilliant punt from Fields the Patriots take the ball from their own 35. After driving to the Phins 47 the Pats were forced to punt with the Dolphins taking over again at their own 6.