There are about a dozen or so coaching cliches that I can think of right now involving turnovers and special teams and they all indicate that with the way the Dolphins played tonight, they had no shot to win the game.
Despite outgaining the Patriots 400-265, the Fins were blown out thanks to four turnovers and a slew of special teams breakdowns that included a blocked punt, a blocked field goal, and a kick return for a touchdown.
Chad Henne threw for over 300 yards for a second straight week, but threw three interceptions, one of which was returned by Patrick Chung for a 51-yard touchdown.
Incredibly, Miami was up 7-6 at halftime, but was outscored 35-7 after the intermission as New England blew things open early in the 3rd quarter, scoring 14 points in a span of just two minutes and two seconds, thanks to a 103-yard kick return by Brandon Tate and the blocked punt that set the Pats up at the Dolphins’ 15-yard line.
Tom Brady, who has had fantastic numbers coming into this one, was just 19-of-24 for for 153 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t need to do anymore than that, though, because of the mistakes on the Dolphins side.
The Fins get a little extra time to recover from this one, as they head into their bye week at 2-2, before traveling to Green Bay to face the Packers in 13 days.
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