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New England Patriots quarter-back Tom Brady threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday.Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Patriots’ losing streak is over.

And so is the Dolphins’ undefeated start.

Tom Brady threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns and the New England Patriots handed Miami its first loss of the season in a 38-7 rout on Sunday.

It denied the Dolphins (3-1) their first 4-0 start since Hall of Fame coach Don Shula’s last season in 1995.

“I thought we got what we needed from our team today,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.

Brady improved to 15-1 as a starter against Miami.

“We hadn’t played well in the last weeks,” Brady said. “This game’s great. But you’ve gotta turn the page.”

New England (2-2) may be doing that without one of its best players. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, one of Brady’s favourite targets, left the game in the third quarter with a right-ankle injury and did not return.

It put a slight damper on an afternoon in which New England showed the kind of consistency on both sides of the ball that had been missing in back-to-back losses to Jacksonville and Detroit. Since 2002, the Patriots are 7-0 after back-to-back losses.

In its two losses, New England’s offence struggled to find its rhythm and sustain drives on third down.

It did both Sunday, taking advantage of a Dolphins defence that couldn’t seem to match the Patriots’ speed.

Running back James White finished with a rushing and receiving touchdown. Rookie running back Sony Michel also rushed 25 times for 112 yards and his first career touchdown. It was perfect timing after Rex Burkhead went on injured reserve last week with a neck injury.

Miami struggled in every phase and looked very much like the team that has lost 10 straight road games to New England.

Ryan Tannehill finished 11 for 20 for 100 yards and an interception. He was pulled in the fourth quarter in favour of Brock Osweiler. Osweiler connected with Frank Gore for a six-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter for Miami’s lone score.

“Not a lot went right for us,” Tannehill said.

Miami was just 3 of 11 on third down and managed only 172 total yards. The Dolphins also had two turnovers and were whistled for 10 penalties, totalling 89 yards

“I feel like it’s nothing they did,” running back Kenyan Drake said. “I felt like we out there and the penalties and all those things killed us.”

Miami had a strong start on defence, intercepting Brady on New England’s second offensive series.

But following a quick Dolphins’ punt, the Patriots bounced back with a 55-yard TD pass from Brady to Cordarrelle Patterson to take a 10-0 lead.

The 55-yard pass was New England’s longest play of the season. Patterson caught the pass over his shoulder along the sideline and stutter-stepped past safety T.J. McDonald to find a clear path to the end zone.

Then about midway through the second quarter, Tannehill fumbled a snap to begin a series that was recovered by Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy on the Dolphins 2 . White ran it in for a touchdown on the next play to make it 17-0 .

The Patriots then ended the half with a 15-play, 85-yard drive capped by an acrobatic touchdown grab in the end zone by Phillip Dorsett.

Dorsett, who had no catches in last week’s loss to Detroit, finished with four catches for 55 yards.

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