September 13, 2011
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Tom Brady, Wes Welker and the Patriots romped to an opening-night 38-24 win in Miami.
Aaron Hernandez caught one of his seven passes for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Brady finished the night with a Patriots-record 517 yards passing.
The night was punctuated when Welker broke away from Dolphins defender Benny Sapp ...
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... and ran away to the end zone for a 99-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
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Brandon Marshall and the Dolphins still managed to accumulate 488 total yards against the Patriots defense.
Chad Ochocinco spent much of his Patriots debut on the sideline and caught just one pass for 9 yards.
Rob Gronkowski caught one of Brady's four touchdown passes.
The Patriots lost center Dan Koppen to a left ankle injury during the game.
Singer Fergie, who is a Dolphins minority owner, performed the national anthem before the game.
The win marked the ninth straight regular-season game in which the Patriots scored more than 30 points.