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New England at Miami

Pats' D, special teams burn Fins; Brady wins 100th

CBSSports.com wire reports

MIAMI -- The New England Patriots had another big night, and this time the NFL's highest-scoring team totaled most of its points with Tom Brady and the rest of the offense cheering from the sideline.

Patrick Chung blocked two kicks and returned an interception for a touchdown, and New England scored twice on special teams to beat the hapless Miami Dolphins 41-14 on Monday night.

Brady threw for only 153 yards, and Randy Moss was held without a catch for the first time since 2006, but the Patriots still registered their biggest point total yet. They're averaging 33 points per game.

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New England trailed 7-6 at halftime, but when Brandon Tate returned the second half kickoff 103 yards for a score, the deluge was on before a stunned crowd. In the fourth quarter, the stadium quickly emptied.

"Where's everyone going? 'The party' is just getting started at Sun Life Stadium," the Patriots posted on their Twitter feed.

"We had a tidal wave hit us," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said. "It was a mess. Embarrassing. These fans deserve better than this."

New England (3-1) moved into a tie with the New York Jets for first place in the AFC East, while the Dolphins (2-2) dropped to third place with their second divisional loss at home in eight days.

Chung blocked a punt to set up a touchdown, then blocked a field goal that Kyle Arrington returned 35 yards for a score. Chung returned an interception 51 yards for New England's final score.

Another unexpected contribution came from linebacker Rob Ninkovich, who had the first two interceptions of his five-year career. Chung and Arrington scored their first career TDs, as did Patriots reserve fullback Danny Woodhead on an 11-yard reception.

The Patriots scored 17 points in a span of 2:16 bridging halftime to take command.

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The winning formula started with a 103-yard kickoff return for a TD on the first play of the second half and kept going from there. You know things went well when the Pats win and Tom Brady, Randy Moss and Wes Welker are hardly mentioned. This game was won on special teams.
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The special teams were atrocious. A blocked punt, a 103-yard kickoff return for a TD, and a blocked field goal returned for a TD? It's almost unprecedented. The running game was sluggish and the passing game was suspect. The defense was OK. Losing back-to-back home games in the AFC East will leave a lasting mark.
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Miami's Chad Henne was 29 of 39 for 302 yards and two scores, but he was yanked with 6½ minutes left after tying a career high with his third interception.

Henne blamed his first turnover on a forced pass, the second on inaccuracy and the last on a miscommunication.

"Overall it's my fault," he said. "I'll take that one as a quarterback. I'll put that on my shoulders."

The pass picked off by Chung was especially ugly.

"It shocked me," he said. "I was like, 'He threw it? Thanks."'

Tyler Thigpen finished up and threw the Dolphins' fourth interception.

The Dolphins lost even though they netted 400 yards and had 23 first downs. Ninkovich's picks set up two field goals, and New England held Ronnie Brown to 27 yards rushing.

The Dolphins had a punt blocked for the second week in a row.

Tate took the second-half kickoff in the end zone, cut toward the right sideline and scored untouched, giving the Patriots their first lead. Miami went three and out, and Chung blocked Brandon Fields' punt.

"It's not the guy who blocks it, it's the other guys that hit the gaps and take the blockers and open it up for the guy that they missed," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "It was a nice job by the whole team. ... We've been close on a couple and haven't gotten them, so it was great to get them."

Two plays later, BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored on a 12-yard run.

When the Dolphins lined up for a 53-yard field goal attempt that would have cut the deficit to 10 points, Chung again broke through to block the kick, and Arrington recovered with nothing but the end zone in front of him.

"Special teams decided this game," said Dolphins kick returner Nolan Carroll, who also plays on the coverage team. "It's a blow to our gut."

As a result, the Patriots didn't need Moss. He was targeted only once, when he stretched for a pass in the end zone, but the ball deflected off his hands and New England settled for a field goal.

Brady was sacked three times but finished 19 of 24 with no interceptions.

Ricky Williams turned a swing pass from Henne into a 28-yard touchdown, helped by a downfield block by Brandon Marshall. Henne also hit Davone Bess for a 19-yard score.


  • Tate had a 97-yard kickoff return for a score in the season opener against Cincinnati.
  • Moss, covered by Vontae Davis most of the game, was shut out for the first time since Nov. 19, 2006, against Kansas City.
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Pass: T. Brady (19-24, 153) C. Henne (29-39, 302)
Rush: B. Green-Ellis (16-76) R. Williams (8-56)
Rec: W. Welker (8-70) D. Bess (9-93)
Scoring Summary
TDDavone Bess, 19 Yd pass from Chad Henne (Dan Carpenter kick is good), 5:48. Drive: 7 plays, 64 yards in 4:02.
FGStephen Gostkowski, 23 Yd, 7:13. Drive: 16 plays, 55 yards in 9:11.
FGStephen Gostkowski, 30 Yd, 0:00. Drive: 13 plays, 63 yards in 2:47.
TDBrandon Tate, 103 Yd kick return (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good), 14:46.
TDBenJarvus Green-Ellis, 12 Yd run (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good), 12:44. Drive: 2 plays, 15 yards in 0:42.
TDRicky Williams, 28 Yd pass from Chad Henne (Dan Carpenter kick is good), 8:56. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards in 3:48.
TDDanny Woodhead, 11 Yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good), 4:02. Drive: 12 plays, 78 yards in 4:54.
TDKyle Arrington, 35 Yd blocked FG return (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good), 14:05.
TDPat Chung, 51 Yd interception return (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good), 6:30.
Players of the Game

D. Bess
Rec 9
Yds 93
Avg 10.3
TD 1
New England

T. Brady
Att 24
Comp 19
Yds 153
TD 1
New England
T. Brady19/2415310
B. Green-Ellis1676112
D. Woodhead83609
T. Brady5605
S. Morris2304
B. Hoyer1-20-2
W. Welker870017
B. Tate439012
A. Hernandez529010
D. Woodhead111111
R. Gronkowski1404
C. Henne29/3930223
T. Thigpen2/61501
R. Williams856016
R. Brown112705
T. Thigpen112012
D. Bess993121
A. Fasano567021
B. Marshall550019
R. Williams445128
R. Brown429012
B. Hartline321010
R. Wallace112012
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