Tuesday, October 5, 2010
AFC East Week 4 decisive moment
By Tim Graham
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The Miami Dolphins were very much alive when Pro Bowl kicker Dan Carpenter lined up for a 53-yard field goal with 14:16 left to play.
Carpenter went into Monday night's game against the New England Patriots having converted three of his four attempts from 50 yards or longer. A successful try would have pulled the Dolphins within 10 points and given them desperately needed momentum.
Patriots safety Patrick Chung turned the Dolphins' opportunity into a 10-point swing the other way. He shot through the left side of the line rather cleanly, laid out like Superman and stuffed the kick off Carpenter's foot.
The ball dribbled. Kyle Arrington eventually scooped it up and ran 35 yards for a touchdown that gave the Patriots a demoralizing 20-point lead.
Chung blocked a Brandon Fields punt in the third quarter. The Patriots scored a touchdown two plays later, but the denied field goal provided a sense of inevitable victory in a game the Patriots won 41-14.
They scored once more, when Chung returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown.