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Tom Brady tosses four touchdowns as New England Patriots rout Miami Dolphins

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Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) gets a high five from running back Rex Burkhead (34) after the Patriots scored in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on November 26, 2017. The Patriots defeated the Dolphins 35-17. Photo by Matthew Healey/UPI
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) gets a high five from running back Rex Burkhead (34) after the Patriots scored in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on November 26, 2017. The Patriots defeated the Dolphins 35-17. Photo by Matthew Healey/UPI | License Photo

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes, two to tight end Rob Gronkowski, and the New England Patriots cruised to their seventh straight victory, a 35-17 rout of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Running back Rex Burkhead also scored twice (one pass, one run) as the Patriots (9-2) sent Miami (4-7) to its fifth straight loss -- and its eighth straight at Gillette Stadium.

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Brady had a string of 189 straight passes without an interception snapped, but went on to complete his 83rd game with at least three touchdown passes.

Brady has thrown 54 touchdown passes and five interceptions in 23 games since returning from his Deflategate suspension. He has 26 touchdown passes this season, a record for quarterbacks in a season after turning 40. It was also his 28th game with at least four touchdown passes, third-most all-time, and he has 482 touchdown passes, moving ahead of Drew Brees into third place in that category.

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Brady finished 18 of 28 for 227 yards.

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Gronkowski, who caught five passes for 82 yards, notched his 16th game with multi-touchdown catches, breaking Randy Moss's club record. Brandin Cooks, who also had a touchdown catch, recorded six catches for 83 yards.

Dion Lewis ran for 112 yards on 15 carries, the first 100-yard game of his career.

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The 17 Miami points matched the highest total against the Patriots during their winning streak.

Safety Reshad Jones ran 14 yards with a botched New England snap and running back Kenyan Drake caught an 8-yard touchdown pass for the Miami touchdowns. Cody Parkey also kicked a 28-yard field goal.

Matt Moore, making his second start of the season with Jay Cutler out with a concussion, was 23 of 34 for 215 yards and two interceptions, and was sacked seven times.

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Patriots special teamer Nate Ebner, who ran 14 yards with a direct-snap fake punt to keep the opening drive of the game going, suffered a knee injury on the play and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

The Dolphins then lost tailbacks Damien Williams (shoulder, carted off) and Senorise Perry (concussion) to injury in the second half, while cornerback Bobby McCain was lost to the Miami defense after throwing a punch at wide receiver Danny Amendola in the second half.

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New England linebacker Trevor Reilly was injured in the collision with Perry and missed the rest of the game, while numerous players from both sides left the field after timeouts for injury.

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore's interception in the end zone in the final seconds of the first half kept the Patriots perfect on the season -- they have not allowed a point in the final two minutes of a first half.

The teams play again in Miami on Dec. 11.

NOTES: New England RB Mike Gillislee was a healthy scratch for a third straight game, while TE Martellus Bennett was among the others, with shoulder and hamstring injuries. ... Miami S Reshad Jones recorded his fifth career defensive touchdown, second only to Jason Taylor (9) on the Dolphins' all-time list. ... Patriots owner Robert Kraft chatted with former Dolphins great Dan Marino before the game. ... Patriots DE Eric Lee had a late sack in his first game with the team. ... The Dolphins host the Denver Broncos next Sunday before New England visits and the Patriots are at Buffalo next Sunday, the start of three straight on the road.

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