Cam Newton rushed for 2 touchdowns and the New England Patriots hung on to overcome the Miami Dolphins 21-11
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Cam Newton seemed simply advantageous as Tom Brady’s substitute, dashing for 2 touchdowns Sunday, and the New England Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins 21-11 to open the season.
Newton rushed for 15 occasions for 75 yards and threw for 155 yards, main a Patriots offensive assault that did maximum of its injury at the flooring of their first sport because the departure of Brady to Tampa Bay as a loose agent.
Sony Michel added a landing for New England, which had 217 of its 357 yards at the flooring. Newton used to be 15 of 19 passing.
Many of the points of interest and sounds in most cases related to Gillette Stadium’s normally raucous crowd had been silenced by means of a Massachusetts COVID-19 ordinance prohibiting enthusiasts from attending for no less than the primary two video games of the season.
Except for the play at the box, the one acquainted staples of a typical sport day had been the presence of Patriots mascot and cheerleaders, despite the fact that they cheered from a concourse top above New England’s front tunnel.
It didn’t appear to trouble the Patriots, who had lots to cheer about.
Miami struggled for lots of the sport offensively and misplaced best receiver DeVante Parker, who left within the 3rd quarter with a hamstring harm. Ryan Fitzpatrick used to be 20 of 30 for 191 yards and 3 interceptions. Miami used to be held to 269 overall yards.
Newton scored from 11 yards early within the 3rd quarter to position New England up 14-Three.
The Patriots had been threatening once more overdue within the duration, however Jerome Baker stored the Dolphins within the sport. He stripped N’Keal Harry within the Five-yard line, inflicting a fumble during the finish zone for a touchback.
Miami then reduce New England’s result in 14-11 within the fourth quarter on a 1-yard TD run by means of Jordan Howard and 2-point conversion run by means of Fitzpatrick with 10:31 left.
The Patriots went briefly on their resulting collection and moved within Miami’s 40, because of a 23-yard run by means of Julian Edelman and 15-yard penalty on Baker for a overdue hit. Newton muscled within the 1 on a fourth-and-1 draw play. Michel went excessive for a TD at the subsequent play.
The Patriots’ protection then close the door when Fitzpatrick used to be intercepted in any case zone by means of J.C. Jackson.
Newton’s arrival used to be anticipated to convey extra of a working mentality to New England’s offense and it confirmed early.
Newton carried on the second one play of the sport and capped an 11-play, 80-yard force with a Four-yard landing run at the Patriots’ 3rd ownership to position them up 7-Zero. The 2015 league MVP used to be untouched as he crossed into the top zone at the play, spiking the ball and flexing as he used to be surrounded by means of teammates.
As promised in a video launched by means of the staff on Friday ((https://www.apnews.com/e97bda72c43e4447a1e9c86ce7957c04)), the Dolphins exited the sphere previous to the pregame enjoying of “Elevate Each and every Voice and Sing” a couple of 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Miami remained within the locker room all over the nationwide anthem, following thru on a pledge the staff made in its video.
Patriots avid gamers and personnel, together with staff proprietor Robert Kraft, coated up in any case zone and stood in combination as a video rendition of the music by means of Alicia Keys performed at the Gillette Stadium video board as a part of a league-wide nod to the social justice motion going down around the nation. The Patriots stood in combination at the sideline all over the nationwide anthem, many with their palms over their hearts.
For the part the Patriots rushed 19 occasions, in comparison to simply 9 passes. However Newton’s TD used to be the one rating for New England within the opening 30 mins, which integrated 3 punts and a ignored box objective. It marked the 8th time since 2015 that the Patriots had been held to seven issues or much less and 150 overall yards or much less in a primary part.
The Dolphins didn’t fare a lot better. They’d a box objective simply prior to halftime, however Fitzpatrick used to be intercepted two times, together with as soon as by means of reigning Defensive Participant of the 12 months Stephon Gilmore.
MOVING ON UP
Edelman pulled in 6-yard cross early in the second one quarter, his 600th occupation reception. He’s now 2d in franchise historical past in the back of best Wes Welker (672).
Dolphins: host Buffalo on Sunday.
Patriots: at Seattle on Sunday.
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