Stephon Gilmore had big INT, then shared another with Duron Harmon

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- After a rocky start to the season, New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore is hitting his stride.

Gilmore made one of the big plays of Sunday’s 35-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins, picking off quarterback Matt Moore in the end zone at the end of the second quarter. It continued a stretch of football that Gilmore believes is the best he’s had in his six-year NFL career.

Perhaps more important than that, Patriots coach Bill Belichick concurs that Gilmore is making a positive impact.

“I thought Steph had a solid game,” Belichick said in his day-after-game conference call, before adding: “I thought our entire secondary covered competitively against a very good group of receivers.”

On Gilmore’s interception, Belichick relayed that it started with Gilmore’s good leverage, and then when he caught up to receiver DeVante Parker, he looked back for the ball at “just the right time.”

Gilmore almost had a second interception at the end of the game, but Patriots safety Duron Harmon took it away from him.

“We both had the ball and we didn’t know we had the ball,” Harmon said with a smile. “When he saw I had it [he said], ‘You got it, Duron.’ And I was just like, ‘You’re a good teammate. I appreciate you.’”