They gave fans plenty to cheer about with their best third quarter of the season.
New England (6-2) rallied despite another mediocre performance by Brady, who completed more than half his passes for only the fifth time in eight games.
But his 116 yards passing were the second fewest in game he played most of the way in since 2006.
Brady completed 13 of 22 passes and threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Dobson with 6:32 gone in the third quarter that began the comeback.
He threw for more than half his yards, 76, in the third quarter when the team scored 17 points. In their first seven games, the Patriots were outscored 44-9 in that period.
"I know a lot of people are frustrated," Brady said, but "to be 6-2 is not bad."
And he brushed off a suggestion that he wasn't at full strength, with pictures showing possible swelling in his right hand.
"I'll be out there next week," he said. "For the eighth week of the year, I feel awesome."
Trailing 17-3, New England got the ball for the second time in the third quarter after Caleb Sturgis' 46-yard field goal attempt hit the right upright.
"Maybe it changed momentum. Maybe it didn't," Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. "That didn't matter. We needed to execute and needed to score points and we didn't."
Three plays later, Bolden scored on a 2-yard run and the Patriots tied it at 17 with 6:42 left in the quarter.
That series ended with Ridley's 3-yard touchdown run.
The outlook was much bleaker in the first half.
"We weren't playing good football at all. We had to start all over again," Ninkovich said.
There was no update on his condition, but Gibson, on crutches after the game, said, "I jumped and I felt it right away."
Tannehill made it 14-0 on a 5-yard scoring pass to Daniel Thomas about five minutes into the second quarter.
The Patriots scored with 3:43 left in the half on Gostkowski's 34-yard field goal, but Sturgis connected on a 52-yarder 30 seconds before halftime.
After the kickoff, Brady took a knee and was booed as New England let time expire.
"I didn't hear much, truthfully. I just go off the field. It's a long game," he said. "Ultimately, you've got to wait 'til it all plays out."
NOTES:Patriots starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer didn't return after hurting his leg when defensive tackle Randy Starks fell on the back of his legs in the second quarter. ... Dolphins offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie started at left tackle as the Dolphins hoped for better pass protection. They obtained him last Monday in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens. ... The Patriots beat the Dolphins for the seventh straight time.
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