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McCourty-Cole tip connection cements win for Patriots

Marquice Cole (23) has an interception for the Patriots after collaborating with Devin McCourty.
Marquice Cole (23) has an interception for the Patriots after collaborating with Devin McCourty.Credit: matthew j. lee/globe staff

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FOXBOROUGH — Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill launched a deep ball intended for Mike Wallace along the right sideline with 13:16 left in Sunday’s game.

Patriots safety Devin McCourty came over and set the ball, volleyball style, for cornerback Marquice Cole, who corralled it and planted both feet on the ground before falling out of bounds. Interception, Patriots.

“Devin made a great break on the ball,” Cole said. “When he jumped up to get it, I saw he wouldn’t get his feet down, but I consciously said, ‘Tip it, tip it.’ I don’t know if he heard me or not, but the ball came down and I got my feet in bounds.”

The Patriots held on for a 27-17 win at Gillette Stadium after scoring 24 second-half points.

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