The Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots have completed the first half of their Week 15 meeting.
The game began with the Dolphins getting the ball first, and they opened up the offense early. On the first play from scrimmage, Miami, who have stayed away from the deep pass in recent weeks, saw a 50 yard bomb from quarterback Ryan Tannehill to wide receiver Mike Wallace. The drive would move down to the New England 26-yard line, but would stall there, leading to a Caleb Sturgis field goal attempt.
That kick, a 41-yard try, would be blocked, the first time Sturgis has had a kick blocked in his NFL career. Kyle Arrington would scoop the loose ball after block and return it 62-yards for a touchdown. New England took a 7-3 lead on the play.
Miami's second possession would again attack the Patriots through the air, but would only gain 18 total yards before having to punt the ball to the Patriots.
Tom Brady and the Patriots offense would start their first drive at their own 20-yard line, with Brady immediately looking to pick up yardage through the air. Julian Edelman caught the first play from scrimmage for New England, picking up 15 yards, followed by a second down reception for 10 yards, then a six yard run, and a 12 yard reception. The streak of plays from Edleman would end on a 1st-and-10 play from the Miami 38-yard line, with Brady throwing a pass intended for Brandon LaFell, only to have it picked off by Miami linebacker Jason Trusnik, his first career interception.
The Dolphins would work the ground attack into the game plan after the interception, with Daniel Thomas, Lamar Miller, and Tannehill all getting carries. Tannehill would also find tight end Charles Clay and running back Damian Williams through the air as a part of the nine-play, 60-yard drive. Miami would settle for a second Sturgis field goal attempt, an attempt Sturgis would convert and bring Miami to within four at 7-3.
New England's next drive would finish the first quarter and continue into the second. The Patriots would gain 33 yards on nine plays for the possession, but would have to punt the ball to Miami.
The Dolphins took over possession at their own 10-yard line, then pick up a free first down and six yards on a defensive pass interference call. Miller hit the hole hard on the next two plays, gaining 15 yards over those snaps. After working their way to their own 45 yard line, Tannehill dropped back and looked from Brandon Gibson deep crossing across the middle, but he would overthrow the receiver and Duron Harmon came away with the interception and returned it 60 yards to the Miami eight-yard line.
Three plays later, running back Shane Vereen punched the ball into the endzone. New England extended their lead to 14-3.
Getting the ball back with eight minutes remaining in the first half, the Dolphins would look to the air to gain yardage quickly, including a 25-yard pass interference play when Tannehill looked for Landry deep down the sideline. On third-and-nine from the New England 35-yard line, Tannehill again looked deep, this time down the sideline to Damien Williams, who should have been able to walk into the endzone, but instead dropped the pass. Miami settled for a 53-yard field goal from Sturgis and a 14-6 deficit.
New England started at the Miami 17-yard line on the next possession, but could only pick up 13 yards before punting. Miami would match the punt, kicking the ball after a 42-yard drive.
The Patriots attempted to run out the clock with just 40 second remaining, but Miami would stuff three straight running plays, and use their timeouts to get the ball back with 11 seconds remaining in the half. One play and six seconds later, Tannehill connected with Wallace for a 32-yard touchdown pass down the sideline.
New England knelt after the kickoff and went to the lockeroom with a 14-13 lead.
The Patriots get the ball to start the second half.