Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Canton should be calling Patrick Chung
MIAMI -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has an acute sense of football history.
Yet not even Belichick knew for sure how historically implausible his team's performance was Monday night against the Miami Dolphins.
The Patriots left Sun Life Stadium with a stunning 41-14 victory that included a kickoff return for a touchdown, a blocked punt that brought a touchdown two plays later, a blocked field goal for a touchdown and an interception return for a touchdown.
"I can't imagine there are too many of those in NFL history, to be honest with you," Belichick said.
How many games over the decades?
In all the lopsided matchups over the decades, never has an NFL team scored a touchdown on a kickoff return, a blocked field goal return and an interception return in the same game.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame should ask for a piece of memorabilia from Patriots safety Patrick Chung to display because he was instrumental in making it happen. He blocked the field goal and returned the interception 51 yards for the score. He also blocked Brandon Fields' punt.
The game was such an unprecedented landslide, the Dolphins fired special teams coordinator John Bonamego on Tuesday morning.
Here are some more statistical tidbits -- some sort of historic, some totally not -- from Monday night's landslide:
- The Elias Sports Bureau notes the Dolphins have lost two straight home games after opening the season with two consecutive wins on the road. Since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, only three other teams have started a season that way: the 1974 San Francisco 49ers (no playoffs), the 1983 Denver Broncos (lost in first round of playoffs) and the 1999 Pittsburgh Steelers (no playoffs).
- Patriots receiver Randy Moss didn't catch a pass for only the fifth time in his career. On his only target, Tom Brady tried to connect with him in the end zone, but the ball bounced off Moss' hands.
- The Patriots went into the game with three interceptions through three games. They picked off Chad Henne three times and Tyler Thigpen once.
- New England's five touchdowns were scored by five different players who played a combined 77 NFL games.