Turning Point: Patriots defense falters on 4th down
With 24 seconds left in the first half and 4th and 7 from the Patriots' 42-yard line, Miami head coach Mike McDaniel had to decide what to do
It was a little too far for a field goal, and a punt might only move the ball 20 yards. If the Dolphins didn't score,
the Patriots' offence would take over with maybe less than 20 seconds left and no timeouts. McDaniel chose to go for it
, and that was the turning point in the Patriots' 20-7 loss. For most of the first half, the Patriots' defence had more than held their own against the
new-look Miami offence, holding them to only a field goal as Miami scored a defensive touchdown for a 10-0 lead.
When a Patriots punt was taken down at the 8-yard line by Miami with 4 minutes left in the second quarter
, it looked like a quick stop could give the offence good field position and maybe even points before halftime.