Bury Tom Brady and the Patriots if you will. There certainly were many people -- right, Troy Brown? -- doing that after the first half of Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

But bury them at your peril.

After a first half in which they fell behind 17-3 and couldn't possibly have looked more inept offensively, Brady and the Patriots did an amazing 180-degree turnaround in the final two quarters. The defense forced three turnovers, the offense cranked out nearly 200 total yards (after being held to 59 in the first half), the special-teams unit blocked a punt . . . everything worked.

The result was 24 consecutive points as the Pats pulled away for a 27-17 victory at Gillette Stadium.

"I'm proud of what they did," said coach Bill Belichick. "They gave us a good team effort. We got plays from the secondary, from the linebackers, from the front, from veterans, from rookies, from guys that have been here a long time, from guys that haven't been very long. It was a good team effort."

And who would have thought Belichick would have been saying any of that after the first half?

Brady's first pass of the game was intercepted by Dimitri Patterson, setting up an 11-play, 40-yard drive capped by Ryan Tannehill's 4-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Gibson. (Gibson left the game later in the first quarter with a knee injury and didn't return.)

Tannehill, who threw a career-high three touchdown passes a week earlier in a 23-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills, made it 14-0 on a five-yard scoring pass to Daniel Thomas about five minutes into the second quarter.

The Patriots scored with 3:43 left in the half on Stephen Gostkowski's 34-yard field goal, but Caleb Sturgis connected on a 52-yard field goal for the Dolphins 30 seconds before intermission.

After the kickoff, Brady took a knee and was booed as New England let time expire.