FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady slammed the ball after taking a sack, got up and threw a touchdown pass on the next play to finish off another stellar performance.
Even when they look sluggish, Brady and the New England Patriots still dominate.
Brady threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns — two to Julian Edelman — and the Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins 36-7 on Thursday night to become the first of the NFL's five unbeaten teams to reach seven victories.
Stephen Gostkowski broke Adam Vinatieri's franchise record for consecutive field goals by connecting from 52 and 36 yards to make it 26 in a row. Rob Gronkowski had 113 yards receiving and a touchdown, and Dion Lewis had 93 yards receiving and one score.
"I made a bad read and I shouldn't have taken a sack there," Brady said about his angry response to the fourth-quarter sack.
He was smiling afterward while backup Jimmy Garoppolo took the final snaps.
It was the first loss for Miami (3-4) under interim coach Dan Campbell. The Dolphins scored 82 points in wins over the lowly Titans and Texans in Campbell's first two games after replacing Joe Philbin. But they were completely overmatched against the defending Super Bowl champions.
"You have to play good football in all three phases when you play the New England Patriots. They've always been that way," Campbell said.
It could be an even bigger loss for the Dolphins because four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake was carted off the field because of an Achilles' tendon injury. Campbell didn't have an update on the extent of the injury.
Brady connected with Gronkowski for a 47-yard scoring pass on the opening drive, but the Patriots managed a total of 65 yards on their next five possessions. "We were doing things we don't typically do," Brady said.
Tannehill led the Dolphins into the end zone to start the second half with Lamar Miller scoring on a 1-yard run.
But the Patriots took control in the fourth quarter. Brady threw TD passes of 10 and 16 yards to Edelman.
"We dug ourselves in some holes with stupid penalties," Edelman said. "It's one of those things where we were digging ourselves in a hole and our defense was playing well."