No Contest

The Dolphins didn't figure to have much of a chance to beat New England on Sunday, and that's exactly how it played out as Miami remained winless and the Patriots remained perfect in a 49-28 game that wasn't nearly as close as the score might indicate.

Tom Brady finished the game with six touchdown passes to set a franchise record, and five came in the first half when New England jumped out to a 42-7 lead.

Brady was gone from the game after the third quarter, but he returned after Jason Taylor's interception return for a touchdown made the score 42-21 with a little over 10 minutes left in regulation. He then proceeded to march New England down the field as he had done with so much ease in the first half, connecting with Wes Welker for touchdown pass No. 6.

Welker had a big game against his former team, catching nine passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Randy Moss, meanwhile, had four catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns, two passes into traffic where Moss simply beat Dolphins defenders for the ball.

The Dolphins defense had another rough day, and if that weren't bad enough, the special teams gave up a 77-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to Willie Andrews after scoring a touchdown to cut New England's lead to 14-7.

Just to show what kind of performance the Dolphins defense had in the first half, New England racked up 336 total yards in the first two quarters.

The Patriots marched down the field for a touchdown after taking the opening kickoff, then scored again after Cleo Lemon fumbled on Miami's first drive.

Lemon had an up-and-down, but he was able to get the Dolphins into the end zone twice in the fourth quarter to help make the score more respectable.

Patrick Cobbs and Jesse Chatman scored on touchdown runs before and after Taylor's eighth career touchdown, which helped him set a record for defensive linemen.

But the story of this game was the Dolphins' inability to even slow down the New England offense, which scored five touchdowns in six first-half possessions.

The loss left the Dolphins with their first 0-7 start in franchise history heading into next Sunday's game in London against the streaking New York Giants, who have won five in a row.


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