Originally written on The Rap Sheet  |  Last updated 12/24/11

DENVER - OCTOBER 11: Offensive tackle Matt Light #72 of the New England Patriots prepares for pass protection against the Denver Broncos during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 11, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-17 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Patriots offense received a little shake-up, with Matt Light being a surprise inactive. That meant Logan Mankins would start at left tackle, which is interesting. But, first… the defense. The Patriots came out in their regular 4-3 look, even with Andre Carter being out. Shaun Ellis was the starting defensive end in Carter’s place, and he started fast with a sack. But the defense allowed a 39-yard pass play by QB Matt Moore to WR Brian Hartline, who beat CB Devin McCourty on a double move. The Dolphins made it 3-0 on a 48-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter with 10:59 left in the first quarter. As for the offense, it was like we thought. Mankins was at left tackle, Donald Thomas was a guard, and Dan Connolly was at center. When Nate Solder moved out to the third TE spot, Marcus Cannon came in at tackle. The Patriots got one first down on a 16-yarder to Wes Welker. But an overload on the left side led to a sack of Tom Brady and a punt.
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