Miami Dolphins 17 New England Patriots 35
This game was over on the fourth play on offense for the Patriots. After going three and out, the Patriots obviously decided to punt. Or so the Dolphins thought. Instead, they ran a fake punt in which Nate Ebner ran for a first down. Unfortunately for the Patriots, Ebner suffered a season ending injury on the play, however, the play was enough to ensure another Patriot victory.
At this point, you must be asking yourself ‘how can the fourth play of the game, before anyone has even scored, ended the game?’ Well, it’s elementary my dear Watson. When you play the Patriots, it only takes that one soul destroying play for them to completely overwhelm you. This time round, it happened early and what happened next was inevitable. The Patriots marched down the field, with Dion Lewis running well, completing the drive with a Rex Burkhead rushing touchdown. Not long after that, it was 14-0 as Tom Brady connected with Rob Gronkowski for the score. Two drives, two touchdowns for the Pats, so far so good.
On the defensive side of the ball, all was well. The defence allowed only 10 points in this game to the Miami offense, and it should have been an even better performance from them as Trey Flowers was denied a strip fumble recovery for a touchdown simply because of a referee whistle that came way too early, as the runner was deemed to have been stopped in his efforts for forward progress. The defence also picked off Dolphins QB Matt Moore twice in this game, with Stephon Gilmore and Duron Harmon coming up with interceptions for the team, and their personal stat sheets.
The other seven points allowed by the Patriots were allowed by the offense, as miscommunication between Tom Brady and replacement Center Ted Karras could have been fatal to many teams as Karras snapped a shotgun snap right past Brady – who was still shouting instructions to the rest of the offense. Reshad Jones was the quickest to the ball and took full advantage of the mistake, taking the ball into the endzone for a touchdown.
Despite throwing his third interception of the season, Tom Brady was still great on this day. Brady only needed to throw 227 yards from 18 completions out of 28 attempts to get the job done, with four passing touchdowns thrown into the mix as well for good measure. Despite the interception, Brady was still able to register a 114.1 passer rating, as he kept his throws mainly targeted at his two best receivers, Brandin Cooks (6 rec, 83 yards, TD) and Rob Gronkowski (5 rec, 82 yards, 2 TD). The lack of passing yards for Brady was mainly down to the fact that Dion Lewis had his best rushing game as a Patriot this season in this game, amassing 112 yards on just 15 carries.
The perfect way to sum this game up is how I spent a large portion of the second quarter – reorganising my room with the game on in the background because I was so damn confident in this team to get the job done. Oh how times have changed.
Next for the Patriots, it’s a road fixture against the Bills. Luckily for us, it has already been confirmed that the game will be getting the CBS dream team for the game. Nantz on play-by-play and Romo on colour. That’s how good the Patriots are, the commentary doesn’t even go wrong for them.