End of the 2d quarter: 21, Dolphins 0—The first half comes to a close with the Patriots holding a firm lead over the Dolphins.
Tom Brady is 14 of 22 for 193 yards and a touchdown. Stevan Ridley has 10 rushes for 30 yards and two touchdowns.
The Dolphins have picked up eight first downs in the game have only 22 rushing yards. Ryan Tannehill is 7 of 13 for 95 yards with an interception.
1:00 2d quarter: Patriots 14, Dolphins 0—Stevan Ridley punched in a 2-yard touchdown run as the Patriots have now taken a three-touchdown lead over the Dolphins. The touchdown capped a 14-play drive that ate up 5:25 of game clock.
1:53 2d quarter: Patriots 14, Dolphins 0—Rob Ninkovich has a hip injury and his return is questionable. It was not a leg injury, as I previously indicated.
Also, Daniel Fells has a hand injury. His return is also questionable
6:28 2d quarter: Patriots 14, Dolphins 0 — Rob Ninkovich is being helped off the field after the Patriots forced a 41-yard field goal try by the Dolphins’ Nate Kaeding that was wide left. It looks like Ninkovich suffered a left leg injury. We’ll keep you posted with any updates
10:26 2d quarter: Patriots 14, Dolphins 0—On fourth-and-goal, at the Dolphins’ 1-yard line, Stevan Ridley punched in the touchdown as the Patriots took a two-touchdown lead over the Dolphins.
The Patriots finished a 13-play, 92-yard drive that spanned 7:28. There were a couple of big plays to Danny Woodhead (25 yards) and Wes Welker (23 yards) on the drive.
After the Patriots scored, fans in the stadium picked up the snow near their seats and began throwing it up in the air to celebrate. Definitely one of the more awesome scenes we’ve seen at Gillette all year.
End of 1st quarter: Patriots 7, Dolphins 0 — After one quarter of play, Tom Brady is 9 of 14 for 140 yards and a touchdown. The Dolphins have managed only three first downs with Ryan Tannehill tossing an interception, picked off by safety Steve Gregory.
The Patriots went up on a 9-yard touchdown by Brady to Wes Welker. Rob Gronkowski has a catch for 19 yards. He still looks a bit ginger, but better than he did in Super Bowl XLVI when he was coming off the ankle injury.
2:40 1st quarter: Patriots 7, Dolphins 0—Patriots defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick sacked Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill for a 7-yard loss as the Patriots forced the Dolphins to punt again. It was Deaderick’s first sack of the season.
6:40 1st quarter: Patriots 7, Dolphins 0 — It took only two plays to capitalize on Ryan Tannehill’s interception. First, Tom Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for a 19-yard pass across the middle. Then Brady followed it up with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker over the middle. Welker was wide open.
7:15 1st quarter: Patriots 0, Dolphins 0 — Patriots safety Steve Gregory intercepted a Ryan Tannehill pass that was thrown right into coverage. The Patriots took over at the Dolphins’ 28-yard line.
8:27 1st quarter: Patriots 0, Dolphins 0—Tom Brady looks a little off, unable to connect on a number of passes today already. He missed normally easy throws to Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd and then a pass to Aaron Hernandez on third down was broken up by Dolphins safety Jimmy Wilson leading to a 25-yard punt by Zoltan Mesko. Brady is 4 of 9 for 54 yards.
Because of the wind at Gillette Stadium today, expected to average 25 miles per hour, the Patriots have already made a couple of questionable calls in regard to the kicking game. They passed up on field goal opportunity on their first series to go for it on fourth down and then punted at the Dolphins 33.
10:35 1st quarter: Patriots 0, Dolphins 0—Patriots defensive lineman Justin Francis came up with a coverage sack, a loss of four yards, on Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill as Miami went three-and-out on their first drive.
11:43 1st quarter: Patriots 0, Dolphins 0—Tom Brady threw two straight incompletions as the Patriots turned the ball over on downs just outside the Dolphins’ red zone.
Stevan Ridley, who rushed for 19 yards on four carries, crossed the 1,200-yard threshold on the season. He’s the fifth Patriots running back to reach 1,200.
15:00 1st quarter: Patriots 0, Dolphins 0—The Dolphins won the coin toss and elected to defer until the second half. The Patriots will receive the opening kickoff.
Pregame: We’re about to get underway here at Gillette Stadium for the Patriots’ final game of the regular season.
With the Indianapolis Colts win over the Houston Texans earlier this afternoon, the Patriots can clinch a first-round playoff bye with a win. Continued...