Patriots 23, Dolphins 16 Patriots beat Dolphins, clinch AFC East title ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Wilfredo Lee/associated press Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gestured from the line of scrimmage during the first half. Joe Rimkus Jr./The Miami Herald via associated press Dolphins safety Reshad Jones dived into the end zone after intercepting Brady in the first quarter, but the score was called back because of a penalty. Jim Davis/globe staff Despite having Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake wrapped around his legs, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spotted an open Wes Welker with a pass that gave New England the ball at the Miami 11 yard line. jim davis/globe staff Dolphins punter Brandon Fields was brought down by Patriots defenders after he couldn't handle the snap from center cleanly in the first quarter. John Bazemore/associated press Dolphins fullback Jorvorskie Lane fumbled as he was tackled by Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo during the first half. Wilfredo Lee/associated press Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork recovered the ball after Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sacked and fumbled during the first half. John Bazemore/associated press Patriots head coach Bill Belichick argued a call with head linesman Jim Howey during the first half. Wilfredo Lee/associated press Brady handed the ball to running back Danny Woodhead during the first half. Jim Davis/globe staff Welker was all alone as he walked into the end zone with a second quarter touchdown. Chris Trotman/Getty Images Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill was hit by cornerback Kyle Arrington as Miami head coach Joe Philbin looked on. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Arrington helped break up this pass intended for Brian Hartline. Rhona Wise/associated press Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby grabbed Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez during the second half. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Welker waited in the huddle as the Patriots offense got into gear. Wilfredo Lee/associated press Brady called out a play during the second half. John Bazemore/associated press Dolphins safety Chris Clemons grabbed Hernandez by his face mask during the second half. John Bazemore/associated press But Hernandez was able to break away from Clemons. jim davis/globe staff Patriots defenders Vince Wilfork Devin McCourty, and Kyle Love combined to stop Miami running back Daniel Thomas. Andrew Innerarity/REUTERS Welker ran through the end zone to score as Dolphins cornerback R.J. Stanford gave chase in the second quarter. jim davis/globe staff Brady was sacked by Dolphins safety Reshad Jones. Wilfredo Lee/associated press Patriots defensive end Trevor Scott celebrated after sacking Tannehill during the second half. jim davis/globe staff Matthew Slater, left, and Marquice Cole shared a laugh as they left the field following New England's AFC East title-clinching win.