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Midweek Report | On Football

Patriots used blitz to rally back against Dolphins

Bill Belichick didn’t call many blitzes for his defense through the first seven games. A Globe study through Week 7 revealed that the Patriots blitzed just 22 percent of the time, the seventh-lowest rate in the NFL, as Belichick was content to keep quarterbacks contained in the pocket and force them to beat the Patriots’ pass coverage.

Sunday against the Dolphins, Belichick brought the house. And it was the main reason why the Patriots overcame a 14-point second-half deficit and escaped with a 27-17 win when, frankly, the Dolphins were the better team on both sides of the ball.

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