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An Upset: Dolphins Win Close Game To Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

The New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins game was a lot of things, but one thing that it wasn’t was boring.

In a game that was flexed out of NBC’s primetime spot, it sure was maybe one of the best games of the day.

But this game also had a different tone to it as well.

Usually the the Dolphins run the ball more than they do pass, but today it was the other way around.

The Dolphins passed the ball in such a surprising fashion, that it seemed even the Patriots defense was in utter shock, which wouldn’t be the first time they felt that feeling against the Dolphins.

In a game where quarterback Chad Henne went 29/52 for 335 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, that stat line would be the last thing you would expect to see.

In fact, some might say that Henne outdueled the man that usually is doing the outdueling in Tom Brady.

Brady may have had more overall yardage, but in the end, Henne got the win, and matched Brady pass for pass, and ended up with less mistakes.

The only factor of Henne’s game that bothered me was his inaccuracy, which can be fixed with time. Henne was often seen overthrowing open receivers, and looks as if he can only hit on certain passes.

But Henne seems to have the demeanor to get the Dolphins the all important “W”. He looks to have all of the tangibles, and as far as I’m concerned, as long as he becomes more accurate over time on the deep throws, then I’m fine.

What came as an even bigger surprise, Randy Moss was limited to 2 catches for 66 yards and a touchdown, something I can live with. Moss had NO momentum changing plays late in the game, and this shows that Vontae Davis is really coming along.

Davis had a crucial interception in the endzone to stop a touchdown throw that would have all but iced the game for the Patriots.

The only Patriot who really caused the Dolphins problems was former Dolphin Wes Welker, who had 10 catches for 167 yards and no touchdowns.

Vince Wilfork, who I said would be key to stopping if the Dolphins would win the game, only had two tackles, and Brandon Meriweather had the lone interception against Henne.

Overall the Dolphins impressed me today.

Last week Jason Taylor made a statement after the game telling people not to give up on them, and while most non-Dolfans wrote the Dolphins off, the Dolphins faithful have stayed behind their team, and showed it today.

The stadium was rocking, and while their were a rather good amount of Pats fans in the stands, the Dolphins fans gave their team the all important 12th man, and helped propel their team to victory.

Some of the things that you might not have noticed are also very impressive. The Dolphins only gave up one sack, and committed 2 penalties for only 10 yards.

The Dolphins also won the battle of ball control. The Dolphins had the ball for a grand total of 32:37, while the Pats only possessed the ball for 27:23.

Their were many stars for the Dolphins in todays game. Davone Bess dominated the Patriots defense, lighting them up for 10 catches, for 117 yards and a touchdown catch, his first of the year.

Rookie Brian Hartline also took care of business today, going for 4 receptions, for 41 yards and a touchdown. Hartline also had a huge impact on the special teams squad for the Dolphins, registering a couple of tackles to give the Dolphins some of the crucial momentum plays that Tony Sparano stresses.

The coaching staff had a somewhat successful day. Sparano managed the game well, and Dan Henning cut down on the questionable calls. I like what the coaches are instilling, I just think that some things need to be changed scheme wise to be more successful. Paul Pasqualoni made me proud today when he copied off of what the Saints did on Monday night, to limit the Patriots success in the passing game.

All in all, I was all around impressed with everything the Dolphins did today. Cameron Wake came up huge with a hurry on Brady to force a Channing Crowder career first interception to seal the game. Wake looked impressive in limited reps.

Let’s keep this up, and keep the momentum rolling into the next couple of weeks. Nothing would be better than to win the division again, and shut up all of our critics!



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