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article imageNFL: Brady lead Pats pass Dolphins with big throwing night

By Austin Tyler     Sep 13, 2011 in Sports
Miami - Tom Brady looked in mid-season form as he took it to the Miami Dolphins defense for 517 yards passing and four touchdowns. People would expect players to come out rusty, but Brady showed that the rust factor does not apply to him.
The New England Patriots went to Miami to face the Miami Dolphins for one of the two Monday Night Football games. The Dolphins got a new acquisition in Reggie Bush, while the Patriots were looking to spark up their new acquisition in Chad Ochocinco. With as many yards as Brady threw the Dolphins kept it close, but the Pats busted it open in the end with a 38-24 victory.
The Dolphins took no time in trying to establish their dominance in the game as they drove down the field on their opening drive. Chad Henne (30/49, 416 yards, 2 TD’s, 1 Int) did most of the damage with his arm as he hit some key passes to keep the offense going 84-yards on the drive. They even went for it on a fourth down and converted to keep it rolling. Henne finished the drive by his self as took of nine yards on a quarterback keeper to take a 7-0 lead.
New England came back on the ensuing kickoff and answered Miami’s drive with a drive of their own. The Patriots moved the ball 78-yards in six plays as they mixed the drive up with running and passing. BenJarvus Green-Ellis (7 carries, 34 yards, 1 TD) scored the game tying touchdown on a four-yard run.
Miami struggled on their next drive as they went three and out before having to punt the ball away. The Patriots took the ball and came out running no huddle as they moved the ball down the field on their drive. Tom Brady (32/48, 517 yards, 4 TD’s 1 Int) got the Pats moving on their 65 yard drive that took seven plays. His arm was the key on this drive as he capped it off with a 10-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski (6 receptions, 86 yards, 1 TD) for the go ahead touchdown to make it a 14-7 lead.
The Dolphins could not do much in their drive again as they tried to answer the Pats score. They were only able to move the ball 31-yards before they were forced to punt after six plays. New England tried to get their offense going again as they started the drive regular, but jumped into the no huddle offense to try and get going. It worked for awhile as they moved the ball 49-yards, but they stopped using it and their drive was stopped as well.
Miami’s next drive was more trouble for them as they went three and out on this drive and was forced to punt the ball away again. The Patriots had the same issue as the Dolphins defense came up big and they stopped them in three plays forcing them to punt.
The Dolphins got the ball back with 4:31 left in the half and a chance to tie the game up. They moved the ball 24-yards, but that was it as the Pats defense forced them to punt the ball away. The Patriots took over and went on the move in their 2-minute offense. They moved the ball 60-yards and got into field-goal range so they thought, but Stephen Gostkowski missed a 48-yard field-goal that went wide right.
Chad Henne took a knee for the Dolphins with .2 seconds left to go into halftime down 14-7.
The Patriots took over and moved the ball 24-yards on their second half opening drive. They only had the ball for 2 plays as something strange happened, Brady threw an interception. Brady has not thrown an interception in a NFL-record setting streak of 358 passes which has lasted 11 months. This was Brady’s first pick sine Oct.17 of last year when they played the Baltimore Ravens and he threw two picks in that game.
Benny Sapp deflected the ball and Jared Odrick intercepted it and ran 39 yards before being tracked down by receiver Deion Branch. The Dolphins took advantage of the turnover as they scored in just two plays. Henne hit receiver Brian Hartline (4 receptions, 47 yards, 1 TD) for a 10-yard game tying touchdown. With that score the Dolphins quickly tied the game up 14-14.
Brady came back and moved the Patriots down the field using no huddle and going in and out of shotgun formation. The Pats moved the ball 69-yards in 10 plays to get their offense in scoring position. Brady hit Wes Welker (8 receptions, 160 yards, 2 TD) for a 2-yard touchdown that gave the Pats a 21-14 lead.
The Dolphins tried to answer the drive with a drive of their own, but came up short on scoring a touchdown. Miami moved the ball 68-yards on 10 plays, but had to settle for a field-goal as the drive sputtered. Dan Carpenter came on and kicked in a 20-yard field-goal that made it a 21-17 game.
The Patriots came back on the field and moved the ball again at will. New England moved the ball with Brady’s arm as he hit Aaron Hernandez (7 receptions, 103 yards, 1 TD) for most of the drive. He had thrown one pass to Hernandez which was a 31-yards touchdown catch, but it was reversed after being reviewed. It did not matter as Brady came back and hit him for a 1-yard touchdown pass to take a 28-17 lead.
The Dolphins went three and out on their next possession and punted the ball away after a penalty and two incomplete passes. New England came back out and went into the no huddle offense as they moved the ball 62-yards before settling for another Gostkowski field-goal. Miami’s offense struggled again their next drive as they went three and out again, and was forced to punt the ball away.
The Patriots took over and was stopped on their drive as they went three and out being forced to punt the ball away. The Dolphins took over and moved the ball 77-yards on their drive mostly out of shotgun. Miami used 10 plays to get their offense moving and even seemed to score a touchdown. Henne had hit Davone Bess (5 receptions, 92 yards) for a touchdown, but the play was reviewed and they said the runner did not break the plane. The touchdown was reversed leaving the Dolphins with a 4th and 1 situation. They went for as Henne tried to hit Hartline, but the pass was incomplete and the Dolphins came up empty.
On the next play Brady hit Welker on a 99-yard deep pass that ended up going for 99-yards and a touchdown. That gave the Pats a 38-17 lead that busted the game wide open. The Dolphins took over and moved the down the field on their next drive as they went 73-yards on the drive that was capped off with Reggie Bush (9 receptions, 56 yards, 1 TD) catching a pass for a 2-yard touchdown. Miami had to challenge the call which was reversed and showed that Bush did cross the plane.
The Pats tried to end the game with 3:39 left on the clock, but could not convert as they went three and out. With 2:32 left in the game the Dolphins tried to score again, and came close as they moved the ball 63-yards. They had no timeouts and tried to get in scoring position. The drive ended when Henne threw a pass that was intercepted by Kyle Arrington that sealed the win for the Pats.
The Miami Dolphins will host the Houston Texans for their Week 2 game. The New England Patriots will host the San Diego Chargers next week.
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