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.
Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.
Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.
In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.
It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.
The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.
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The guys opened the show by discussing the latest news on Boston 2024.
The B's scored late in the 3rd to get the win over Florida, but after the game, goalie Tuukka Rask called out his teammates for a poor showing in the 2nd period.
Michael Holley comes in for the crossover, and continues the discussion with Tim over what will happen if the Patriots face any type of punishment for the deflated footballs in the AFCCG.
With the Wells report seemingly wrapping up (we hope), Tim and Lou got to talking about possible fines and punishments the Patriots must face. It's possible that the Patriots will face a small fine, but should they take that laying down? The conversation brings out a little passion from BOTH sides.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss Robert Kraft's testimony and the Hernandez trial overall as it continues to unfold.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss 'Pasta' and his solid rookie year, and make a few statistical comparisons.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
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Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Will Noonan joins Chris in the studio to review Wrestlemania and Raw.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.
Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.
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