Brady threw for only 153 yards, and Randy Moss was held without a catch for the first time since 2006, but the Patriots still registered their biggest point total yet. They’re averaging 33 points per game.
New England trailed 7-6 at halftime, but when Brandon Tate returned the second half kickoff 103 yards for a score, the deluge was on before a stunned crowd. In the fourth quarter, the stadium quickly emptied.
“Where’s everyone going? ‘The party’ is just getting started at Sun Life Stadium,” the Patriots posted on their Twitter feed.
“We had a tidal wave hit us,” Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said. “It was a mess. Embarrassing. These fans deserve better than this.”
New England (3-1) moved into a tie with the New York Jets for first place in the AFC East, while the Dolphins (2-2) dropped to third place with their second divisional loss at home in eight days.
Another unexpected contribution came from linebacker Rob Ninkovich, who had the first two interceptions of his five-year career. Chung and Arrington scored their first career TDs, as did Patriots reserve fullback Danny Woodhead on an 11-yard reception.
The Patriots scored 17 points in a span of 2:16 bridging halftime to take command.
Miami’s Chad Henne was 29 of 39 for 302 yards and two scores, but he was yanked with 6½ minutes left after tying a career high with his third interception.
Henne blamed his first turnover on a forced pass, the second on inaccuracy and the last on a miscommunication.
“Overall it’s my fault,” he said. “I’ll take that one as a quarterback. I’ll put that on my shoulders.”
The pass picked off by Chung was especially ugly.
“It shocked me,” he said. “I was like, ‘He threw it? Thanks.’”