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New England Patriots vs. Oakland Raiders Recap

The New England Patriots played strong in the second and fourth quarters in their Sunday, September 21 match up against the Oakland Raiders. Vince Wilfork, defensive lineman for the Patriots, made a critical play when he intercepted the football near the Raiders 10 yard line. Wilfork's play, late in the fourth quarter, ended the Raider's march towards the end zone. Tom Brady passed for 234 yards, but only managed one touchdown pass. Sealver Siliga missed most of the game after a foot injury in the first quarter. Sebastian Janikowski offered a game highlight when he made a field goal from 49 yards, along with other successful 37 and 47-yard field goals.

Minnesota Vikings vs. New England Patriots Recap

Early in the 1st quarter, Matt Cassel connected with Matt Asiata with a 25 yard pass to score the first touchdown of the game, leaving the Vikings up 7-0. The Patriots offense struggled to score but the defense came up big with four interceptions, one from Devin McCourty who intercepted a deep pass from Cassel near the 40 yard line and ran it all the way in for the touchdown. In the 2nd quarter, the Vikings attempted to kick a field goal but it was blocked by Cha Jones who caught it on a lucky bounce and ran it all the way in for a touchdown.

Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots Recap

The Miami Dolphins opened the NFL season with a comeback victory over the New England Patriots.
After getting on the scoreboard first with a 4 yd touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to Lamar Miller, the Dolphins were put on their heels as New England proceeded to score 17 unanswered points. After a Rob Gronskowski TD reception in the second, the Dolphins found some life with a 38 yd Caleb Sturgis field goal. However, New England immediately struck back with a 45 yd field goal by Stephen Gostkowski, giving them a 10 point halftime lead.
In the second half, the New England lead would be short lived, as the third quarter would see the Dolphin defense shut down New England, while the offense caught fire. Two Sturgis field goals, and a TD pass from Tannehill to Mike Wallace would see the Dolphins regain the lead.
The fourth quarter saw Miami stretch out their lead, with a Knowshon Moreno TD run, and another field goal for Sturgis. New England continued to struggle against the Miami D, and were shutout in the second half.
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