Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 12/8/12

The Patriots found points hard to come by in their AFC East-clinching win over the Dolphins in Week 13. But they did find success on the ground, however, especially late in the game.

Up 20-13 with a little over eight minutes remaining, the Pats went on a 77-yard march that took 7:18 off the clock and, with a swift field goal, ensured their ninth victory.

On that 16-play drive, New England ran the ball 13 times, methodically moving down the field with a 4.3 yards-per-carry average. Of the 13 runs, six were the exact same -- a dive over left guard.

Miami was powerless to stop it, and now they can't stop complaining about it.

“It really (ticked) me off,” Tony McDaniel said, via the Palm Beach Post. “It was disrespectful to us to run the same play over and over and be successful.

“Normally when somebody’s driving down the field you just think, ‘Well, they just had a good run there,’ but you run the same play over and over, as a competitor that (ticks) me off.”

“It is disrespectful,” tackle Randy Starks added, “but you’ve got to stop it. We never stopped it, so I’d keep running the same play, too.”

Unlike McDaniel, Starks at least has some sense.

If something is working, you keep going back to the well -- that's football 101. Dolphins defenders are getting paid handsomely to do one thing and one thing only: stop the opposition. They obviously failed in that regard, so they have no room to deflect blame or point fingers for their blatant inability to adjust.

While New England doesn't hold the best reputation around the league, what were they supposed to do? Chuck up passes? Take a knee? Punt? Hurt feelings aside, there's no mercy rule in the NFL.

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