FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The boos poured down on Tom Brady and the Patriots at the end of a horrible first half.
They gave fans plenty to cheer about with their best third quarter of the season.
Trailing 17-3 after gaining just 59 yards, the Patriots quickly turned things around after intermission with two touchdowns in a span of seven plays and beat the Dolphins 27-17 on Sunday.
"We really haven't played good in the third quarter, but we did today," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "Things weren't going our way in the first half. That was obvious, being booed at halftime."
New England rallied despite another mediocre performance by Brady. The three-time Super Bowl winner completed more than half his passes for only the fifth time in eight games, but his 116 yards passing were the second fewest in game he played most of the way in since 2006.
Brady completed 13 of 22 including a 14-yard touchdown to Aaron Dobson 6:32 into the third quarter, and brushed off a suggestion that he wasn't at full strength, with pictures showing possible swelling in his right hand.
"I'll be out there next week," he said. "For the eighth week of the year, I feel awesome."
The Dolphins lost their fourth straight after a 3-0 start.
"We've got to keep the same mind-set the whole game," Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace said. "We just have to step on their throat."
Trailing 17-3, New England got the ball for the second time in the third quarter after former Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis' 46-yard field goal try hit the right upright.
Miami's Ryan Tannehill, who had been sacked a league-high 26 times coming in, took another six sacks as the Patriots beat the Dolphins for the seventh straight time.