Batty play aids Patriots’ cause in win over Dolphins

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FOXBOROUGH — All it took was one week for the rulebook to flip back in favor of the Patriots.

New England faced a second and 7 at the Miami 23-yard line leading by 3 with 9:09 left in the fourth quarter Sunday when Tom Brady rolled to the left and surveyed the field.

But Brady waited too long and Jimmy Wilson drilled him from behind, jarring the ball loose as it rolled free on the turf.

Olivier Vernon and Marcus Cannon dove for the ball at the 32, but Vernon knocked the ball backward with his left hand all the way back to the 46, where Nate Solder recovered.

But Vernon was flagged for illegally batting the ball, giving the Patriots an automatic first down and New England ran away with a 27-17 comeback win.

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