Pats hold off Dolphins, but lose Garoppolo to injury

New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo receives attention after an injury during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo receives attention after an injury during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) – The Patriots held off a late push by the Miami Dolphins to secure a 31-24 victory in their home opener.

Safety Duron Harmon intercepted a Ryan Tannehill pass in the end zone in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter to preserve the victory, after two fourth-quarter touchdowns by the Fins.

Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo left the game halfway through the second quarter with an apparent shoulder injury after a strong start; Garoppolo was 18 of 27 for 234 yards and three touchdowns. Rookie Jacoby Brissett came in to finish, going 6 for 9 for 92 yards.

LeGarrette Blount picked up one rushing touchdown for the Pats; Danny Amendola reeled in two touchdown passes and Martellus Bennett added the other.

Tannehill was 32 of 42 for 389 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

It will be a short week for the Patriots as they will host the Texans Thursday night at 8:25.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski did not play Sunday.

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