Speaking after his team's 41-14 rout of the Dolphins Monday night in Miami, Patriots coach Bill Belichick insisted the players believed they could turn in such a performance, although he believed others might have doubted them.
"No, I wasn't that surprised, but I guess everybody else is," Belichick said when asked if he was surprised his team was able to put up 35 second-half points. "You make plays, you score points. You don't make it, you don't score them." After pointing out that the Patriots have now won three of their last four games in Miami, Belichick continued, "I think our team is confident we can win. I know we don't do it every time, but we think we can."
The victory was unique considering the Patriots were the only team in NFL history to score touchdowns on a blocked field goal return, kickoff return, run, pass and interception return, and have a blocked punt to go along with...
After directing the Patriots to a 41-14 victory over the Dolphins Monday night, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told reporters in Miami that the Pats carried a chip on their shoulders into the game. "Yeah, it's going to be there for a while," Brady said. "We've got a lot of chips."
Brady completed 19-of-24 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown as the Pats not only won a big game on the road, but did most of their damage in the second half. "It's a big win for us," Brady said. "We've been talking about this all season and what we had to win on the road and play good four quarters of football. We did [Monday] and when we play well for four quarters, it's a good outcome."
Brady said the team was determined to have a good second half, and it got off to a fast start when Brandon Tate returned the second-half kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown. "It was awesome," Brady...
In the best special teams performance in team history and one of the best ever in the NFL, the Patriots blocked a punt, returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown, and got a 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Brandon Tate to open the second half as they rolled to a 41-14 win over the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium.
Patrick Chung blocked a pair of Dolphin kicks, the second on a 53-yard field goal attempt that was returned 35 yards by Kyle Arrington for a fourth-quarter touchdown. Chung also returned an interception for a touchdown to finish off the scoring. It was the third pick of Chad Henne on the night, with the first two coming by Rob Ninkovich, the first two of his career.
The South Florida crowd watched as the Dolphins led 7-6 at halftime, only to watch Tate return the second-longest kick in team history to open a second half that had the Patriots outscoring the Dolphins, 35-7. ...
Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather suffered a knee injury in the third quarter of Monday night's game against the Dolphins.
The Patriots announced that his return was questionable. Meriweather had a big hit in the first half on Davone Bess on a slip screen but had little other impact in the first half.
For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The following Patriots players are inactive for tonight's game against the Dolphins: running back Thomas Clayton, outside linebacker Shawn Crable, offensive lineman Nick Kaczur, defensive lineman Kyle Love, offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger, wide receiver Taylor Price, running back Fred Taylor and cornerback Terrence Wheatley. For more Patriots news, check weei.com/patriots.
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