This was it. The moment the NFL had been waiting for since the early 2000s. There would be a new team to take the crown of the AFC East off of the hated Patriots.
The Dolphins came to town with an undefeated record and one of the top defenses of the young season. The Patriots were limping into the matchup having lost 2 in a row and looking as bad as their 1-2 record portrayed. A new dawn was upon us. Until it wasn't.
Early in the second quarter Brady hooked up with CPatt on a 55 yard TD pass to give the Patriots a 10-0 lead. Two drives later, the Patriots recovered a botched snap and turned that into 7 points on the ensuing play. The rout was on. New England added another TD just before halftime thanks to some acrobatics by Philip Dorsett.
Coming out of the locker rooms leading by 24 meant the second half was a formality. The defense kept the Dolphins shut down, and the offense scored two more TDs: one on a dirty lob from Brady to James White, and the last one on rookie RB Sony Michel's first NFL TD.
Miami scored a garbage time TD to prevent the shutout, but the Patriots were back baby.