1:00 PM ET, December 10, 2006
|Scouts Inc.'s take ...|
This game was dominated by Miami, which shut out the Patriots for the first time since 2003. Miami pressured quarterback Tom Brady into a subpar day (four sacks, 78 yards passing) and several errant passes. Both New England tackles had a tough time blocking the Dolphins' defensive ends, especially Jason Taylor (above).
Miami used a good balance of run (31) and pass (30) to keep the Patriots' defense off-balance. The Dolphins' defense forced three fumbles and an effective kicking game gave Miami good field position.
Tom Brady was held to 78 yards passing in the Dolphins' 21-0 win over the Patriots. It was only the fourth career start in which Brady failed to reach the 100-yard mark, and all have been against Miami.
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Patriots NT Vince Wilfork left the game in the third quarter with a leg injury. ... The shutout was the Dolphins' first since Sept. 3, 2000, when they beat Seattle 23-0. The last time the Patriots were shut out was Sept. 7, 2003, when Buffalo beat them 31-0.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.3||5.1|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||14:32||Olindo Mare 35 Yd |
Drive: 5 plays, 22 yds, 2:06
|FG||15:00||Olindo Mare 33 Yd |
Drive: 9 plays, 62 yds, 1:50
|TD||12:09||Marty Booker 32 Yd Pass From Joey Harrington (Olindo Mare Kick) |
Drive: 5 plays, 43 yds, 2:48
|TD||10:04||Sammy Morris 3 Yd Run (Joey Harrington Pass To Marty Booker For Two-Point Conversion) |
Drive: 8 plays, 61 yds, 4:29