Here are some notes at intermission.
New England head coach Bill Belichick added an interesting wrinkle on defense. The Patriots put No. 1 cornerback Aqib Talib on Miami tight end Charles Clay several times on passing downs. Belichick spoke very highly of Clay this past week. For him to put New England’s best cover corner on a tight end speaks to that level of respect. Clay has zero receptions in the first half.
The Patriots are giving Miami second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill a lot of different pre-snap looks. Tannehill looked confused several times and checked into a few bad plays. Tannehill also has been sacked three times in the first half before throwing a 39-yard touchdown to receiver Mike Wallace before the half ended.
Miami had a big football folly in the first half. Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis lined up for a 42-yard that was botched. Long-snapper John Denny snapped the ball to an unsuspecting Brandon Fields and the ball hit Fields in the helmet. The Patriots recovered and scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive.
Miami defensive tackle Paul Soliai suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter. His return to the game is questionable.