Play of the game: Logan Ryan’s strip tips the scales

With an offense that had done next to nothing up until that point, the Patriots needed their defense to provide a spark in the third quarter of yesterday’s game with the Miami Dolphins.

Coming out of halftime with a 17-3 deficit, the Patriots — limited to just 59 yards in the first 30 minutes — caught a break when Miami’s Caleb Sturgis bounced a 46-yard field goal off the right upright.
Following a 14-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Aaron Dobson, the deficit was back to within one score.
That’s when the Patriots defense provided the big play it so desperately needed to even things up on the scoreboard and grab momentum away from the Dolphins for good.
On second-and-7 from the Miami 23-yard line, rookie cornerback Logan Ryan lined up across from Miami tight end Charles Clay in the slot, disguised as a player assigned to cover him on a passing play. Instead, Ryan broke free on a blitz off the edge that Miami left tackle Bryant McKinnie never saw coming.
Neither did Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, as Ryan not only sacked him, but also forced the ball free.
Defensive end Rob Ninkovich pounced on the ball, got up and ran into the end zone for what initially looked to be a touchdown. However, the officials ruled that Ninkovich was down by contact.
No matter, as the recovery set the Patriots up with prime real estate at the Miami 13, and three plays later, Brandon Bolden was in the end zone on a 2-yard rushing touchdown that helped tie it up at 17. The Patriots then carried that momentum through the rest of a dominant second half in a 27-17 win.
“I just wanted to get the ball. That’s something we practice every single day: sack fumbles. So, getting a sack is one thing, but I wanted to force the fumble and I’m glad it came out.”

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