NE 7, Miami 0
Score: NE — Ron Gronkowski 13 yard pass from Tom Brady (Shayne Graham kick), 4:24
Drive: 6 plays, 47 yards, 2:29
Key play: It's a play the Patriots have used about eight times per season since Bill Belichick has been coach. Tom Brady is in the shotgun formation and he fakes as if the ball goes over his head while the direct snap goes to the running back, who in this case was Danny Woodhead. Woodhead took the third-and-1
play and went 19 yards to the Dolphins 21-yard line. Three plays later, the touchdown occurred. By the way, Brady joined some elite company, becoming the 6th quarterback to throw a TD pass in every regular season game in a 16-game season.
NE 14, Miami 0
Score: NE — BenJarvus Green-Ellis 1 yard run (Graham kick), 4:12
Drive: 4 plays, 70 yards, 1:51
Key play: This was the Julian Edelman drive. Two short passes by Brady both turned into long gains — 22 and 40 yards — as the second-year receiver got the ball down the Dolphins 1-yard line, setting up Green-Ellis' easy rush for the score. Edelman benefited greatly from Wes Welker and Deion Branch both being inactive.
NE 17, Miami 0
Score: NE — Graham 28 yard field goal, 2:48
Drive: 8 plays, 49 yards, 2:48
Key play: Brady and Gronkowski had two nice hookups on this drive with the best being on the second play of the drive. Gronkowski went on a fly pattern deep and Brady threw a laser beam while the safety was never looking.
NE 24, Miami 0
Score: NE — Julian Edelman 94 yard punt return (Graham kick), 14:42
Key play: It was all Julian Edelman, who easily could have called a fair catch on this long punt but instead fought off one Dolphin would-be tackler after catching the ball and zig-zagged his way 91 yards for the score.
NE 31, Miami 0
Score: NE — Algie Crumpler 10 yard pass from Brady (Graham kick), 11:30
Drive: 7 plays, 78 yards, 3:30
Key play: Rookie wideout Brandon Tate is slowly making us forget about the deep threat that was Randy Moss. Tate took a short pass about 10 yards downfield from Brady and broke a tackle that included three Dolphins, getting to the sideline before being caught at the 10-yard line. It was the first of two big catches for Tate.
NE 38, Miami 0
Score: NE — Brandon Tate 42-yard pass from Brady (Graham kick), 6:33
Drive: 8 plays, 85 yards, 3:42
Key play: For backup quarterback Brian Hoyer, this is "The Drive." Beginning on the Dolphins' 15, he led the Patriots downfield with a nice 17-yarder on the first play to rookie Taylor Price, his first career catch.
NE 38, Miami 7
Score: MIA — Devon Bess 21 yard pass from Taylor Thigpen (Dan Carpenter kick), 2:11
Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards 0:37
Key play: The Patriots deserved a shutout, but an iffy pass interference penalty on second-year cornerback Darius Butler gave the Dolphins 32 yards to Patriots' 34. Two passes later, the drive was consummated and the shutout was lost.