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Patriots win 48 - 28
Game Over But Not Before Green-Ellis Scores
An injury to Sammy Morris required the insertion of undrafted rookie BenJarvus Green-Ellis into the lineup. The Patriots ran the ball 7 straight times, scoring on a fourth-and-goal from the Dolphins one. Miami's defense looked exhausted. Joey Porter was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on the drive. OT Mark LeVoir entered the game for the ejected Matt Light at tackle.
Patriots 48 - Dolphins 28
Turnover On Downs, Dolphins Done
The game is close to over after the Dolphins were unable to convert a fourth down play at the Miami 44. Chad Pennington threw well over the head of intended target Devon Bess. A chop block penalty was declined and the Patriots have the ball with 4:10 remaining.
A Field Goal
Stepehen Gostkowxki puts the Patriots up by 13 with a 30-yard chipshot. An ugly incident on the field results in two players being ejected, Patriots offensive tackle Matt Light and Dolphins Linebacker Channing Crowder who came away from the skirmish smiling after getting punched by Light.
Patriots 41 - Dolphins 28
Chad Pennington just threw a ball he had no busines sthrowing, airing it out deep downfield right into the waiting arms of Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather. Meriweather returned the ball to the Maimi 18. Dolphins key receiver Greg Camarillo was injured on the play, which could be a blow to any future Dolphisn comeback.
Under 9:00 minutes remaining in the game
There's No Stopping Them
The Scoring has elevated to new levels for the Patriots this season. New England continues to use the shotgun formation to frustrate the Dolphins defense who have been on the field for most of the game. New England went 80 yards on 9 plays to score on another Cassel to Randy Moss pass play -- though this one held a bit of controversy as Moss could have been called for offensive pass interference. Instead, the Dolphins incurred the penalty, which was declined as Moss leapt over Andre Goodman for a 29-yard score. It was Moss' third TD of the game. Key play was a 23 yard strike from Cassel to Jabar Gaffney on third and 10. Miami's defensive coordinator has no answer for stopping Cassel out of the shotgun.
Patriots 38 - Dolphins 28
3 Point game under 13 minutes to go
That Didn't Take Long
The Miami Dolphins made it look easy marching back down the field to return the quick strike favor by the Patriots. After a 1:30 possession by New England resulting in a TD, the Dolphins orchestrated their own 5-play drive in under two minutes (1:49) resulting in a touchdown of their own. Penning used the no huddle to march down the field as the Patriots were trying to adjust their defense. The key play on the drive was a huge 36-yard completion from Pennington to Hawaii receiver Devon Bess with Ellis Hobbs in coverage. Penning lofted the touchdown throw to Ricky Williams who made a diving catch in the corner of the end zone past Gary Guyton for the score. It was a tremendous catch by Williams and a perfect thrown from Pennington.
Patriots 31 - Dolphins 28
Patriots hold lead heading into fourth quarter.
Patriots Score Again
Kevin Faulk put the cap on a huge drive by the Patriots to extend their lead. After a short run by Faulk to start things off from their own 13, Matt Cassel connected with Wes Welker for a 64-yard catch-and-run down the sideline. What made the play more impressive was the pressure Cassel was under when he went to throw the ball. Sam Aiken held a solid block along the sideline to spring Welker for additional yardage. The drive was capped off by Faulk's 21-yard burst up the middle.
Patriots 31 - Dolphins 21
An untimely holding penalty by Dolphins center Samson Satele derailed another promising drive from Miami. On second and 10 from the Patriots 27, Satele was called for holding wiping out a Wildcat run by Ronnie Brown which only gained a yard. Watching the game, one gets the feeling that whoever doesn't score when the have the ball will lose.
Patriots Back Up Top
There doesn't seem to be any defense in this game as the Patriots have marched 78 yards downfield to retake the lead. Cassel's longest play was a 16-yard completion to tight end Ben Watson. Joey Porter managed to get his first sack of the game, and jabbed at the Patriots as be celebrated the sack. Wes Welker converted on a bubble screen the next play negating any effect Porter's sack might have had. The key play was a 15-yard completion on third-and-10 to Randy Moss from the Miami 39. It setup the 8-yard touchdown pass from Cassel to Moss (their second of the day).Moss managed to keep his feet in boards while scooting to the back of the end zone.
Patriots 24 - Dolphins 21
Miami Retakes The Lead
Pennington is having a banner day sustaining drives. One of the keys to the Patriots problems on defense has been the inability to stop teams on third down. The Dolphins only needed to convert on one third down during this drive a third and 2 from the Patriots 2. A Pennington pass to fullback Casey Craemer puts Miami back up on top. It was Craemer's first TD.
Patriots 17 - Dolphins 21
-- Halftime --
Nothing else before the half.
Uncharacteristic penalties have crept in to the game for the Patriots. They were the least penalized team heading into the game, but picked up 6 in the first half.
It had to come sooner or later. Matt Cassel threw a short pass to Randy Moss who turned in a quick move to beat the defender to the corner of the end zone. 6 plays for 63 yards with just one run.
Patriots 17 - Dolphins 14
Dolphins Long Drive
Chad Pennington orchestrated a 12 play 72 yard drive to paydirt. The drive was capped by an unlikely runner, Chad Pennington. Pennington felt pressure from his right, so he scrambled to the left, and kept on running to squeak into the end zone for the score. Three passes on third and long were key for Miami New England continues to struggle on third down defense.
Patriots 10 - Dolphins 14
Turnover No. 2 For Patriots
Another Miami three-and-out gave the ball back to the Patriots. Unfortunately after another promising drive running back Sammy Morris had the ball ripped out of his arms. The ball popped into the air and right into Andre Goodman's waiting hands at the Miami 28.
Long Patriot Drive
The Patriots took over on their own 26, marched down the field against a tough Dolphins defense. Key play was a fourth and 1 on Miami's 43 yard line which Matt Cassel stood up and drove forward for 6 yards instead of just falling forward for the first down.. New England scored on a Matt Cassel scramble up the middle from the Miami 8.
Patriots 10 - Dolphins 7
The Dolphins took four plays to march down the field against the Patriots defense, scoring on a touchdown pass from Chad Pennington to Greg Camarillo from three yards out.
Patriots 3 - Dolphins 7
The Dolphins went three and out, but the Patriots gave the ball right back on the following possession when Randy Moss wasn't able to pull in a Matt Cassel pass. Jared Allen was able to knock the ball up in the air away from Moss and Renaldo Hill intercepted it, running it back to the Patriots 38.
Patriots take first possession to march down the field under plenty of shotgun possession formations. The drive stalls out at the Miami 12 yard line. Stephen Gostkowski puts New England on the board first
Patriots 3 - Dolphins 0
The Dolphins won the coin toss but elected to defer. The Patriots are in Blue, while Miami wears the home white jerseys.