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BEN VOLIN

Patriots Replay: Key plays from New England’s win over Miami

Here’s our weekly look at the key plays in the Patriots’ game after reviewing the film.

Brilliant play-calling

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was on top of his game in Sunday’s win.

Jimmy Garoppolo gets the ball out to TE Martellus Bennett before the Dolphins’ six-man blitz gets there. Notice the downfield block by WR Julian Edelman.

Bennett beats two Dolphins to the corner, then pulls off a 26-yard gain thanks to a downfield block from WR Chris Hogan.

Later in the first quarter ...

Garoppolo again rolls out, but this time three Dolphins defenders key on Bennett as Hogan streaks across the middle …

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… and Hogan is wide open for the 19-yard gain.

Once again, Edelman laid out a Dolphins defender with a big block.

Ground and pound

The Patriots got some great run blocking after Garoppolo’s exit.

Martellus Bennett seals off the defensive end, while Shaq Mason and Marcus Cannon double team the tackle.

Joe Thuney seals off the safety …

… and Blount has a huge hole for a 9-yard TD run.

Game of inches

In the fourth quarter, Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill looks left at TE Jordan Cameron the whole way, but Jamie Collins has his body turned to the right.

And that extra step allows Tannehill to squeeze the ball in to Cameron just past Collins’s reach.

Offensive snap counts
Cardinals (71) Dolphins (80) Total (151) Percentage
G Joe Thuney 71 80 151 100%
C David Andrews 71 80 151 100%
T Marcus Cannon 71 80 151 100%
TE Martellus Bennett 69 80 149 99%
OT Nate Solder 0 65 65 43%
WR Julian Edelman 61 63 124 82%
WR Chris Hogan 55 63 118 78%
RB LeGarrette Blount 42 51 93 62%
QB Jimmy Garoppolo 71 42 113 75%
G Ted Karras 58 41 99 66%
G Shaq Mason 14 39 53 35%
QB Jacoby Brissett 0 38 38 25%
WR Malcolm Mitchell 39 31 70 46%
RB James White 26 28 54 36%
FB James Develin 17 24 41 27%
TE Clay Harbor 0 22 22 15%
WR Danny Amendola 19 19 38 25%
T Cameron Fleming 71 16 87 58%
WR Matt Slater 4 14 18 12%
RB DJ Foster 0 4 4 3%
TE AJ Derby 20 0 20 13%
RB Brandon Bolden 3 0 3 2%
Defensive snap counts
Cardinals (61) Dolphins (65) Total (126) Percentage
S Devin McCourty 61 65 126 100%
LB Jamie Collins 61 65 126 100%
CB Malcolm Butler 61 64 125 99%
CB Justin Coleman 40 59 99 79%
CB Logan Ryan 61 57 118 94%
S Patrick Chung 60 57 117 93%
DE Chris Long 39 46 85 67%
DE Jabaal Sheard 44 45 89 71%
DT Malcom Brown 30 39 69 55%
LB Shea McClellin 24 39 63 50%
DT Alan Branch 31 37 68 54%
DE Trey Flowers 21 37 58 46%
LB Jon Freeny 6 36 42 33%
S Duron Harmon 29 31 60 48%
DT Vincent Valentine 20 17 37 29%
CB Cyrus Jones 5 8 13 10%
LB Elandon Roberts 0 6 6 5%
LB Barkevious Mingo 0 5 5 4%
S Jordan Richards 1 2 3 2%
LB Donta Hightower 58 0 58 46%
DT Anthony Johnson 20 0 20 16%

Ben Volin can be reached at ben.volin@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @BenVolin.