Chandler Jones

Chandler Jones

FOXBORO — It had been almost exactly two months to the day since Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones last played in a game.

Sunday, Jones returned to action for the first time since suffering a hip injury Oct. 16 against the Jets and made his return memorable, as he finished with seven tackles and 1.5 sacks in the Patriots’ 41-13 blowout win over the Dolphins.

“€œI felt great,” said Jones. “The coaches did a great job of mixing me up and switching in-and-out with different guys. It also felt really good to be back out there with my teammates.”

By our count, Jones played 48 snaps and didn’t seem limited in any way. He lined up both as a defensive end, and in a 3-point stance with Akeem Ayers and Dont’a Hightower sometimes outside of him.

Jones returned to practice the week of the Green Bay game, two weeks ago, but eased back into things before being active for the first time on Sunday.

“€œI was just listening to what Coach [Bill] Belichick told me and the doctors and the trainers, taking it a day at a time,” said Jones. “I know you guys heard Bill say we’€™ll take it day-by-day-by-day, and that’€™s what we were doing. Like I said, it felt good to be back out there with my teammates. Just a few months ago I was on crutches. So for me to be out there running with my team, I got a little emotional, but it felt good to be out there.”

It was the first extended period of time the defensive end has missed since missing some time in his rookie year, so before the game when he was getting back into his pregame routine was when he started to become emotional.

“Just getting ready, he said. “As I am putting my pads on and just getting my wrists taped, getting my ankles taped — just going through that whole routine and process of a pregame again. It kind of felt a little emotional like this is happening, I am back out there so you just have to enjoy it. Every day, every second you have the opportunity to play at this level. You just have to enjoy it.”

Jones’ 1.5 sacks raises his total to six on the season, which is second on the team to Rob Ninkovich‘s eight. Jones will fall short of his total of 11.5 sacks last season, but with the time he missed, six isn’t too shabby.

“It felt good first sack back,” said Jones. “Hopefully, I was wishing we could have recovered it, but it felt real good to help the team.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Rob Gronkowski celebrates his second-half touchdown Sunday against the Dolphins. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)FOXBORO -- Woe to any team that may speak ill of the Patriots.

Fred Smerlas, Steve DeOssie and Butch Stearns break down the division clinching win over the Dolphins in Foxboro.

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FOXBORO —’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price detail how the Patriots were able to flip the switch and beat the Miami Dolphins, 41-13, Sunday at Gillette Stadium, clinching their sixth straight AFC East title. The Patriots led by only a point, 14-13, at the half before outscoring the Dolphins, 27-0, in the second half.

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Mike Petraglia

Bill Belichick waved goodbye to the Miami Dolphins and the rest of the AFC East Sunday after a 41-13 win. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)FOXBORO -- So predictable.


BIO | ARCHIVE's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the Patriots' 41-13 win over the Dolphins. The Pats clinched their sixth straight division title with the victory.

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FOXBORO — The Patriots won their sixth straight AFC East title with a convincing 41-13 win over the Dolphins Sunday at Gillette Stadium. The team took to Twitter and Instagram to show off their new AFC East Champion gear.

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — A message needed to be sent.

The Patriots were only ahead of the Dolphins 14-13 at the half, after allowing Miami to score 10 points in the final four minutes and change of the first half to get back in the game. The Patriots offense was sluggish, totaling just 102 years of net offense in the opening half, and only 82 passing yards.

Tom Brady's 17-yard run ignited the Patriots offense into scoring 27 second half points. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Tom Brady‘s 17-yard run ignited the Patriots offense into scoring 27 second half points. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — A message needed to be sent.

The Patriots were only ahead of the Dolphins 14-13 at the half, after allowing Miami to score 10 points in the final four minutes and change of the first half to get back in the game. The Patriots offense was sluggish, totaling just 102 years of net offense in the opening half, and only 82 passing yards.

On the opening drive of the second half, it was 3rd-and-11 on the Miami 20-yard line and Brady dropped back to pass, finding no receiver open in the Miami secondary. Brady, who rarely ever runs with the ball, took off and picked up the first down getting inside the 5-yard line up the right sideline. Instead of sliding, Brady took on Dolphins safety Walt Atkins head on and picked up a total of 17 yards to set up a LeGarrette Blount 3-yard touchdown run on the next play.

It was Brady’s longest run since 2007 and the third-longest of his career.

“I think it was a play that we needed to make so it was good to make it at that time,” Brady said after the game. “I was going to slide but I was pretty pissed off that time so I figured I wouldn’€™t slide. I wish I wouldn’€™t have gotten knocked down, but that’€™s the way it goes.”

Asked if his unusual running ability gave the team some momentum, Brady said it was more Blount’s touchdown, which put the team ahead 21-13 at the time.

“I think the touchdown did more so on the next play,” Brady said. “That was a great run. It’€™s just whatever it takes. I think that’€™s what matters. I think all our guys responded the way we wanted to and it was good to go in there and finish them off like we did.”

New England’s offense was an entirely different unit in the second half. After totaling 102 yards in the first half, they finished with 293 in the second half. Brady was 8-for-15 with 82 yards and an interception in the first half, but was 13-for-20 with 205 yards and two touchdowns, no interceptions in the second half. Brady finished the game 21-for-35 with 287 yards, two touchdowns and a pick. It was his tenth straight game of throwing for more than 245 yards.

“I know we were all pretty pissed off at halftime — it just wasn’€™t the way we — 25 plays on offense and terrible time of possession, terrible on third down, just didn’€™t do anything to help our team win,” said Brady. “I thought we did a better job of coming out that in the second half, aided by some turnovers by our defense. Our defense has just been playing incredible, which is what we’€™re going to need. I’m glad we started to earn our paycheck there in the second half. It was good to be able to do that. It was a good feeling. We still left some opportunity out there.”

With the win, the Patriots won their sixth straight AFC East title. It was the 12th AFC East title in the 13 full seasons Brady has been in the league. Even with that success, the winning doesn’t get old.

“I think every year is a different year for us and every year we have a great opportunity to try to accomplish something,” said Brady. “It doesn’€™t start this morning, it started back in March. It’€™s a lot of hard work that goes into it. I don’€™t think you ever take winning for granted; I certainly don’€™t because I know how hard it is to win. I think we appreciate it. I also know that we have big goals every year for our team, so this is the one that is the first one to get. It was great to be able to do it against a team that we lost to earlier in the year. We had a great opportunity to go out there and play a lot better than we did the last time.

“It’€™s great to win. It’€™s a great feeling. That’€™s why we play. I’€™ve been very fortunate to be a part of an organization where that’€™s what matters the most and to play with some really great players over the years. I think winning and experiencing it with the players and coaches and Mr. [Robert] Kraft and Jonathan and his family. It’€™s pretty awesome.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — What a difference 14 weeks makes. After the Dolphins took it to the Patriots in the second half in Week 1 in South Florida, the Patriots returned the favor Sunday in Foxboro.