Patriots Drop First Season Opener in a Decade, Losing to Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Tom Brady was pressured and harassed in the pocket and the Patriots were shut out in the second half, losing their 2014 season opener to the Miami Dolphins 33-20 at Sun Life Stadium.

It was the first time the Patriots had lost a season-opening game since 2003, breaking up a 10-year winning streak.

Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno, who gashed the Patriots for 224 yards as Denver Bronco in the regular season last year, compiled 135 yards and a touchdown, including 92 in the second half.

The Dolphins scored 23 unanswered points, fueled in part by a shaky Patriots offensive line that couldn’t seem to contain defensive linemen Cameron Wake, Olivier Vernon, and Chris McCain. Wake had two sacks and a forced fumble while Vernon and McCain had a sack each, all which came in the second half.

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Brady finished 29 of 53 passing for 249 yards and a touchdown.

Julian Edelman, who caught six passes for 95 yards in the first half, was shut out of touches in the second half. He had 131 yards from scrimmage.

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