But they sure ended a lot better.
The Patriots were booed off the field at halftime after being railroaded by the Miami Dolphins for the first thirty minutes of the game.
Miami was able to open scoring with a four-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Gibson, though that would be the only highlight of Gibson’s afternoon as the talented wide receiver suffered what the team is calling a season ending injury.
A quarter later, Miami continued to pile on the points, this time taking a 14-0 lead thanks to a Daniel Thomas rushing touchdown.
The Patriots were able to draw a touch closer prior to the half with a Stephen Gostkowski field goal, though those points were quickly wiped out by Miami’s Caleb Sturgis who drilled a 52-yard bomb with just thirty seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Down 17-3 coming out of the half, the Patriots knew they’d need to hit the gas and hit the gas they did. Despite Tom Brady playing with an extremely swollen hand and losing lineman Sebastian Vollmer to a leg injury, New England unloaded come the third quarter with two touchdowns and a field goal. A Tom Brady touchdown pass to Aaron Dobson brought the lead to 17-10 while a rushing touchdown from Brandon Bolden moments later tied things up.
Another Gostkowski field goal which was followed by a Stevan Ridley touchdown pushing the New England lead to 27-17, which would end up being the final score.
The win pushed New England to 6-2 while Miami falls to 3-4.