Sunday, October 27, 2013
Quick-hit thoughts from third quarter
By Field Yates
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With just one quarter of play remaining, the New England Patriots lead the Miami Dolphins 20-17. Passing along quick-hit notes and observations from the third quarter:
1. Brady connects with Dobson. The Patriots' offense finally broke through on their second drive of the half, as Tom Brady hooked up with rookie receiver Aaron Dobson for a touchdown to cut the Dolphins lead to 17-10. The score was the Patriots' first touchdown in the third quarter this season and also moved Brady past Fran Tarkenton for fourth all-time in NFL history with 343.
2. Ryan forces fumble. For the 35th straight game (the longest current streak in the NFL), the Patriots' defense forced a turnover, as rookie cornerback Logan Ryan came on a blitz to sack and strip Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Defensive end Rob Ninkovich came up with the football, giving the Patriots the ball on the Dolphins 13-yard line.
3. Offense, Bolden cash in. Just three plays later, the Patriots cashed in on the mistake, as Brandon Bolden scampered 2 yards for a rushing score to tie the game at 17. After sputtering for an extended stretch, the Patriots' offense quickly put things into gear and accounted for 14 points.
4. Arrington leaves game. Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington left the game late in the quarter, though it's unclear if he is dealing with an injury issue. He briefly left the sideline but later returned.
5. Penalty box. The following Patriots were flagged for penalties during the third quarter: safety Nate Ebner (illegal block in the back) and offensive tackle Nate Solder (holding).