Patriots Exploit Turnovers and Special Teams to Top Dolphins

But Henne also matched a career high with three interceptions, and the suffered through a disaster-filled second half in a 41-14 loss to the visiting on Monday night.

Henne finished 29 of 39 for 302 yards and 2 touchdowns, only to get pulled midway through the fourth quarter in a fast-emptying stadium.

Brady threw for only 153 yards, and was held without a catch for the first time since 2006, but the Patriots, the league’s highest-scoring team at 33 points per game, still put up their biggest point total this season.

The Patriots trailed by 7-6 at halftime, but when Brandon Tate returned the second half kickoff 103 yards for a score, the deluge began. Patrick Chung blocked a punt to set up a touchdown, then blocked a field goal that Kyle Arrington returned 35 yards for a score. Chung returned an interception 51 yards for New England’s final score.

Another unexpected contribution came from linebacker Rob Ninkovich, who had the first two interceptions of his five-year career. The touchdowns for Chung and Arrington were their first career scores, as was an 11-yard touchdown pass caught by the Patriots reserve fullback Danny Woodhead.

New England (3-1) moved into a tie with for first place in the A.F.C. East, while the Dolphins (2-2) lost their second divisional game at home in eight days.

FIND ROOM TO RUN In their 17-3 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday night, the Giants started drives in Chicago territory three times in the first half — including twice inside the 30 — because of a ravenous defense that produced nine sacks by halftime. But they did not score.

Yet the Giants did not back away from their plan and they eventually wore down the Bears, rushing for 189 rushing yards.

“You just keep working at it, working at it, working at it, and eventually, you establish something,” Giants Coach said.

Following back-to-back losses to Indianapolis and Tennessee, the matchup against the Bears’ top-ranked rush defense proved to be motivation.

“We just kept pounding it at them,” left guard Rich Seubert said. “Coach kept going with the same calls, and that’s what we did.” MARK VIERA

BEARS’ CUTLER ‘FEELING O.K.’ Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith said quarterback Jay Cutler was at the club’s practice facility and was “feeling O.K.” after sitting out the second half of Sunday night’s 17-3 loss to the Giants with concussion symptoms.(AP)

CUSHING WILL PLAY AGAINST GIANTS Brian Cushing, last year’s defensive rookie of the year, has rejoined the , ending his four-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy, and Coach Gary Kubiak said he will play in Sunday’s game against the Giants. … strong safety Steve Gregory was suspended four games for violating the league’s drug policy.(AP)

’ SMITH TO MISS GAME Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith was wearing a protective boot because of a high ankle sprain. Smith’s agent, Derrick Fox, said Smith, a four-time Pro Bowl pick, will probably sit out Sunday’s game against Chicago. (AP)

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