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The Dolphins looked good early on as they took the opening drive 12 plays 84 yards and scored on a Chad Henne draw eight yards out. Reggie Bush looked good early and often between the tackles and in open space. The Patriots answered quickly with their own 78 yard drive and tied the score with a four yard run by RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
All game long there was virtually no pressure on Tom Brady. He was able to sit back in the pocket and pick apart the Dolphins defense all night. Brady’s second drive was capped with a 10 yard touchdown pass to TE Rob Gronkowski. Pro Bowl C Dan Koppen got his legs pinned late in the first half and was carted off the field. He would not return. New England led at halftime 14-7.
Patriots started the second half with the ball. Tom Brady did something he has never done in 358 regular season attempts — throw a pick. Dolphins Benny Sapp broke up a pass from Brady. The ball was tipped and picked by DE Odrick and he took it down to the 10 yard line. Henne threw a 9 yard TD pass to Hartline to tie the score at 14. The Pats would enter again a 73 yard drive and 2 yard TD pass to Wes Welker to take a 21-14 lead.
The Dolphins could not stop the no huddle offense and after another Brady touchdown pass, this time to TE Anthony Hernandez, it was settled to 28-17 at the end of the 3rd quarter. After a New England field goal, Miami had the chance to cut the lead in half but could not convert on 4th and goal with less than a yard to go. With 5:57 left, out of their own end zone, Tom Brady threw a record tying 99 yd touchdown to WR Wes Welker to seal the dolphins fate, making the score 38-17. They would go on to win 38-24.
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