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Dolphins Hand Pats First Opening Day Loss Since 2003

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GETTY H 012811 Football?  SQUARESPACE CACHEVERSION=1410191727735Comstock/Thinkstock(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) — The Miami Dolphins scored 23 unanswered points in the second half to beat the New England Patriots 33-20 Sunday.

It’s the Patriots first opening week loss since 2003.

After the Dolphins scored in the first drive of the game, the Patriots retaliated with 17 straight points, the last of them coming from a six yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski. The two teams then traded field goals and went into the half with the Pats leading by 10.

The second half was all Dolphins. Miami quickly erased its 10 point deficit by scoring on its first three drives to take a 23-20 lead.

The Patriots had multiple opportunities to retake the lead, but the Miami pass rush made sure Brady couldn’t get into a groove.

The Dolphins clinched the victory with 3:29 left in the game when running back Knowshon Moreno ran for a four yard touchdown.

Moreno, who was playing in his first game as a Dolphin, rushed for 134 yards in the win.

Gronkowski had four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown in his first game back since having surgery on his knee.


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