“Two” TD’s: That’s all Tom Brady’s offense needed on offense to beat Miami tonight
Tom Brady only threw for 146 yards -none to Randy Moss. The defense yielded 400 yards of total offense. Allowed 10 of 15 third downs to be converted. Yet when the other team surrenders two special teams scores and one defensive touchdown, numbers don’t matter in the end.
It was that kind of night for the Patriots in Miami. They won the turnover battle with a plus four and outscored the Dolphins 35-7 in the 2nd half. Jon Gruden mentioned the team was “loaded with young talent”, and boy was he dead on. Two undrafted third-year running backs found a way to reach the end zone. To make Gruden’s point even more valid and genius, two second-year guys made two more visits to pay dirt. All in all, the Patriots showed that they could win a game when their offense wasn’t at its finest. Tom Brady and Randy Moss were anything but fine, as they hooked up for a grand amount of zero completions. The only time Brady targeted Moss, they didn’t connect, as Randy dropped a possible touchdown right before the end of the first half on a fake-spike try. Other than that, the Patriots defense and special teams took matters into their own hands.
The domination started with the opening kickoff of the second half, which resulted in a Brandon Tate 103-yard TD return, the team’s first lead of the night, a lead they did not relinquish from there on out. It all concluded at the midway point of the 4th quarter, when Patrick Chung put the icing on the 3-1 cake, returning a Tyler Thigpen 51 yards to the house to finish the scoring 41-14. On a night when Brady became the fastest QB to 100 wins, the supporting cast did the majority of the work.
As for a much maligned secondary that couldn’t cover, so much for that. That’s all we heard leading up to the contest. I guess they got the last laugh, as they picked off Chad Henne three times, an amount which tied a career high for the Miami QB. Can’t run the ball? Well, they out gained the dynamic duo of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams 119 to 95. So much for not being able to win a game that did not involve a shootout. On this night the Patriots proved critics wrong, showed the young guns can play, and once again were able to win a big divisional game; a game many picked them to lose. Belichick’s troops enjoy the vote of confidence. Continue to doubt these Pats, they just might win another Super Bowl; a very attainable goal, considering how unexpected sources stepped out of their boundaries tonight in South Florida.