Patriots 27, Dolphins 24 Patriots reel in Dolphins and bye New England catches Miami in the second half ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Patriots receiver Wes Welker celebrated a first down reception in the fourth quarter that sealed the win for New England. matthew j. lee/globe staff Miami's Brandon Marshall hauled in a pass against Devin McCourty during the second quarter. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff Dane Fletcher, right, tied up Matt Moore during the first quarter. Stephan Savoia/associated press Tom Brady was under pressure from Dolphins linebacker Kevin Burnett during the first quarter. matthew j. lee/globe staff Patriots head coach Bill Belichick appeared to be searching for answers as his offense sputtered in the first half. matthew j. lee/globe staff Matt Moore and the Dolphins jumped out to a 17-0 lead at halftime. matthew j. lee/globe staff Shaun Ellis (left) and Brandon Deaderick sacked Miami quarterback Matt Moore for a 10-yard loss in the third quarter. matthew j. lee/globe staff 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. matthew j. lee/globe staff The Patriots' Vince Wilfork celebrated after recovering a Matt Moore fumble in the third quarter. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Wes Welker finished with 12 receptions for 138 yards and had seven rushing yards. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Fans cheered New England's comeback in the second half. The Patriots will host the Buffalo Bills on New Year's Day.