Quarterback Tom Brady became the 12th quarterback in NFL history and just the fourth this century to throw a 99-yard touchdown pass when he connected with Wes Welker on a 99-yard strike in the fourth quarter.
The last to do it was Gus Frerotte, who connected with Bernard Berrian in November of 2008. The previous two were Jeff Garcia to Andre Davis (2004) and Trent Green to Marc Boerigter (2002).
Rotation Is Key
Although the Patriots allowed 488 yards against Miami, the team left with a sense of pride knowing the defense came up with big stops when it needed to thanks to a consistent rotation of players that allowed others to stay fresh.
"That played a huge factor," defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said. "Having a lot of bodies and being able to move on and off the field and being able to rest some guys at time helped.
"From the first game you always know you're going to have mistakes. You just don't want to have more than your opponent and that was the case (Monday). The things we have to get tightened up we'll get tightened up, but we're very happy with the win down here."
They're Not Just Tight Ends
Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski combined for 13 catches for 189 yards Monday. Hernandez finished with seven catches for 103 yards -- the second-highest total on the team behind Welker.
"He's a beast," Gronkowski said of Hernandez. "(He's a) great teammate to have -- a great tight end. Dude goes out there and gets open. He helps in the running game and everything. It's great to have each other and push each other."
--Patriots center Dan Koppen suffered a broken ankle and was undergoing tests Tuesday to see if there is ligament damage, according to a Boston Herald report.
There is no timetable yet for his recovery.
Koppen was injured during the first half of Monday night's game, and was seen on the sideline in crutches later in the game. Dan Connolly, who lost his starting right guard job to recently-signed Brian Waters, took over for Koppen against Miami.
--G Dan Connolly will likely serve as the starting center in place of Koppen. Connolly, who plays primarily guard, has experience as a backup center.
--RT Nate Solder played well in his NFL debut, matching up against pass-rushing end Cameron Wake. Solder was part of an offensive line that helped Brady throw for 517 yards.
--DL Myron Pryor worked his way into the rotation and finished with three tackles, half a sack and two additional quarterback hits, which should earn him more regular playing time.
--WR Chad Ochocinco might need more time to familiarize himself with the offense. He caught only one pass for 14 yards in Monday's opener and was only targeted three times.
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