Game balls from Miami win

November, 11, 2009

A look at the Patriots' game-ball winners from last Sunday's 27-17 victory over the Dolphins:

Tully Banta-Cain -- Outside linebacker is credited by in-game statisticians with three quarterback hits and nine tackles (one for a loss), as he is on the field for every defensive play.

Dan Connolly -- Top reserve center/guard fills in after starting center Dan Koppen leaves the game with a knee injury in the second quarter, and the offense doesn't miss a beat.

Stephen Gostkowski -- Kicker is 4 for 4 on field goal attempts, with two crucial touchbacks on kickoffs, one of which comes from the 30-yard line after a penalty.

Laurence Maroney -- Running back generates positive momentum with 82 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

Jerod Mayo -- Inside linebacker is part of every personnel package and totals a team-high 12 tackles (one for a loss) and one quarterback hit.

Randy Moss -- Receiver finishes with six catches for 147 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 powerful stiff-arm.

Vince Wilfork -- Nose tackle shows his unselfishness and versatility by moving to right defensive end to match up against left tackle Jake Long, the first player chosen in the 2008 draft.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter



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