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The way he is pictured here is usually how we see Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski. Ya know, kicking. But he was in a little bit of a different light yesterday in the 27-24 win over the Dolphins.
In fact, Gostkowski may have saved the game. Down 17-3 in the third quarter — before anyone knew a comeback was coming — Gostkowski kicked off to Dolphins returner Clyde Gates. The speedster fielded it at the 5, broke into the open field, and looked gone.
It would have made the score 24-3 and delivered a serious blow to the Patriots goals. Except the athletic Gostkowski, who also played baseball at the University of Memphis, dove at Gates’ feet, tripped him up, and saved the day. Afterward, he did his best to downplay the moment… which was a big one.
“Those guys are all faster than me, so I had to guess right,” Gostkowski said. “I did, and I got my hand on his foot. I was gearing up for him to try and run me over. He cut and luckily I guessed right, you know I had a decent angle at him an...
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Well, that might be an understatement.
By the end of the half, Tom Brady and the offense had gone scoreless on seven drives while the defense surrendered 17 points to Matt Moore.
Whatever was said in the locker room at halftime certainly did the job, as the second half was a totally different story.
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The first half was ugly.
It was ugly offensively. It was ugly defensively. It was ugly on special teams and coaching. It was so ugly this is all I will say about it.
The second half though was entirely different story as the New England Patriots rallied from 17 points down to defeat the pesky Miami Dolphins 27-24 Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro MA.
The New England Patriots overcame a 17-point deficit in Week 16 to get a 27-24 win over the Miami Dolphins, clenching a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs. The Dolphins dominated the first half, getting two touchdowns and a field goal, but tapered off in the second half as the Patriots came back and scored three touchdowns and two field goals. The Dolphins got a third touchdown...
At the start of the 2nd Half the New England Patriots trailed the Miami Dolphins 17-0 but had a terrific comeback and went on to score 27 unanswered points. The Dolphins eventually scored late in the 4th Quarter but it wasn't enough to surpass the Pats. Final score, Patriots 27, Dolphins 24.
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New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator Bill O'Brien addresses the media during his conference call on Monday, December 26, 2011.