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Patriots receiver Wes Welker celebrated a first down reception in the fourth quarter that sealed the win for New England.
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Miami's Brandon Marshall hauled in a pass against Devin McCourty during the second quarter.
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Dane Fletcher, right, tied up Matt Moore during the first quarter.
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Tom Brady was under pressure from Dolphins linebacker Kevin Burnett during the first quarter.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick appeared to be searching for answers as his offense sputtered in the first half.
Matt Moore and the Dolphins jumped out to a 17-0 lead at halftime.
Shaun Ellis (left) and Brandon Deaderick sacked Miami quarterback Matt Moore for a 10-yard loss in the third quarter.
Stevan Ridley broke past a group of Miami defenders for a seven-yard gain in the third quarter. He led the Patriots with 13 carries for 64 yards.
The Patriots' Vince Wilfork celebrated after recovering a Matt Moore fumble in the third quarter.
Wes Welker finished with 12 receptions for 138 yards and had seven rushing yards.
Fans cheered New England's comeback in the second half. The Patriots will host the Buffalo Bills on New Year's Day.
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