Updated: Sunday, October 19, 2003 10:17 PM EDT
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NEW ENGLAND 19, MIAMI 13 (OT)
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MIAMI (Ticker) -- Tom Brady and Troy Brown didn't let the New England Patriots wilt in the heat this time. But they sure got a boost from the normally reliable Olindo Mare .

Brady hit Brown with an 82-yard touchdown with 5:45 left in overtime to lead the Patriots to a 19-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins for a rare September-October win in South Florida.

The win also gave the Patriots (5-2) sole possession of first place in the AFC East ahead of Miami (4-2).

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Dolphins, who were seeking a measure of revenge after a loss at New England in the 2002 season finale cost them the division title.

Since 1966, the Patriots were 0-13 in sunny Miami in September or October and appeared headed for another loss, but Mare had a potential go-ahead field goal attempt blocked by Richard Seymour late in regulation and pushed a 35-yard attempt wide right in the overtime.

"It's very encouraging to play well here when the Patriots have not in the past played well here," said Patriots cornerback Tyrone Poole , who had an interception in the overtime.

Mare's misses enabled Brady to improve his career record to 6-0 in overtime, including the postseason. After Poole intercepted a deep pass by Jay Fiedler down the right sideline at the New England 18, Brady connected with Brown for the winning touchdown.

The Dolphins defensive linemen appeared too tired to mount a pass rush as Brady settled in the pocket, looked over the middle, pumped and lofted a deep pass to Brown, who split safeties Brock Marion and Sammy Knight , caught the ball at the Miami 15 and raced into the end zone.

"The offensive line gave me a little extra time on that play," Brady said. "Troy got behind them, I laid it up there and just let No. 80 go get it for the win."

"The play was designed to go long, so Tom had to buy some time," said Brown, who finished with six catches for 131 yards. "He did a good job of buying time. They were playing a Cover 2. He threw the ball and I was able to make a play on it. After I caught it, I just kept running."

New England was in danger of dealing with what would have been a controversial loss after a disputed coin toss to start the overtime. Patriots captains Seymour, Brady and Larry Izzo called tails and thought that's what the coin landed on, but referee Jerry Austin announced it was heads.

"We all thought it was tails, but the referee made the call," Seymour said. "It looked like tails to me. They didn't want that on TV."

Miami had the opening possession and looked ready to take advantage when Derrius Thompson straddled the left sideline and made a leaping 31-yard catch. Ricky Williams then ran 13 yards around right end and positioned the Dolphins at the New England 20 for the potential winning field goal.

However, Mare's 35-yard attempt hooked wide right with 12:01 left in overtime.

"You don't expect him (Mare) to miss that," Fiedler said. "Olindo is a great kicker and he's going to win some games for us down the road. We still have a lot of confidence in him. But to lose against a division opponent makes it that much harder to swallow."

Fiedler, who was 20-of-35 for 230 yards and a touchdown, threw his second interception on Miami's second possession of overtime.

Brady then took advantage with his long TD pass to Brown.

"We decided to take a shot there," said Patriots coach Bill Belichick. "Tom made a great throw and Troy made a great play."

"Brady held the ball a long time and then took a shot down the field," said Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt. "We were in a two-deep zone on the corner. Sometimes when the quarterback holds the ball, the safeties or corners have a tendency to settle and the receivers will turn up field."

Brady was 24-of-34 for 283 yards and two touchdowns. He threw a 24-yard scoring pass to David Givens to tie the game at 13-13 in the third quarter.

"Having the shot to win in overtime and coming away with the win gives us a lot of confidence," Brady said.

Despite a lengthy injury list that includes starters Rosevelt Colvin , Ted Johnson , Ted Washington , Willie McGinest and Ty Law , the Patriots have won five of their last six after a season-opening 31-0 loss at Buffalo.

Williams, the NFL's reigning rushing champion, was held to 70 yards on 24 carries in regulation, but had 24 yards on just three carries in overtime.

"We played hard and got ourselves in a position to win twice there at the end," Williams said. "We're upset that we're not scoring touchdowns, and that's something we're going to have to do."

The first opportunity for Miami came with under two minutes left in the fourth quarter, but the Patriots collapsed the middle and Seymour blocked the kick.

"Tedy (Bruschi) and those guys gave me a good push and I was able to get my hands up and get a block," Seymour said. "The linebackers were able to get some push and the offensive line couldn't anchor in. They kind of slid back."

Miami had a touchdown and a field goal in the second quarter with both coming after fumbles.

Brady fumbled on a run up the middle and defensive end Jay Williams recovered the ball at the New England 16. Five plays later, Fiedler fired a six-yard touchdown pass to Chris Chambers , giving the Dolphins a 7-3 lead with 11:03 left in the second quarter.

Marion forced the second turnover, stripping the ball from running back Kevin Faulk with defensive tackle Larry Chester recovering at the New England 40. But after a 17-yard pass from Fiedler to Thompson, the Dolphins settled for a 23-yard field goal by Mare with 5:08 remaining in the half, increasing the lead to 10-3.

New England responded with an 11-play, 54-yard drive that featured a 15-yard roughing-the-passer penalty on Dolphins end Jason Taylor . Adam Vinatieri capped it with a 30-yard field goal with two seconds left in the half.

Vinatieri kicked a 25-yard field goal in the first quarter after linebacker Tedy Bruschi jarred the ball loose from Chambers and safety Rodney Harrison recovered for the Patriots at the Miami 26.

Tight end Randy McMichael caught two passes for 37 yards to set up a 34-yard field goal by Mare with 9:46 left in the third quarter, giving Miami a 13-6 advantage. McMichael finished with eight receptions for 102 yards.

"Nothing about today makes me happy," McMichael said. "We didn't win and that's all that matters. We had the opportunities today, but we didn't capitalize. I feel like they came in here and stole it."

The Patriots followed with a 14-play, 76-yard drive which lasted nearly eight minutes. Givens capped it with a 24-yard touchdown catch, bouncing off a hit by Knight and falling into the end zone with 1:49 left in the third quarter.

"We scratched and clawed for this win," Givens said. "We blocked a field goal and they missed another one. Then we were finally able to hit the big play."


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