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The Wiley Vet Takes On The Young Gun In The ’94 Season Opener
If there was such a thing as a “GOOD LOSS” this was it for the upstart New England Patriots in 1994.
Second year Patriots signal caller, Drew Bledsoe, led his team to Miami to face future hall of famer Dan Marino and the Dolphins in the season opener. This would be Marino’s first game back after a season ending Achilles injury.
Very few gave New England a chance to win in this game. The Patriots were coming off a 5-11 campaign in ’93 and the Dolphins finished at 9-7. Plus the Pats have historically preformed poorly in Miami.
Vegas plugged in the Dolphins as a 5 point favorite. Luckily for the Patriots, Drew Bledsoe was not a betting man.
After the dust mud settled, New England covered the spread but still fell short in this EPIC quarterback duel, falling 39-35.
The stats guys must have had carpal tunnels trying to tally up this aerial assault.
The former number one overall pick, Drew Bledsoe made Dan Marino work for the victory. The sensational sophomore’s stat line read, 32 for 51, 421 yards, four touchdown and two picks. He led the Patriots to a 14-10 halftime lead but unfortunately the defense could not cage #13 for Miami.
Dan Marino outdueled his young AFC counterpart. His stat line was even more JAW DROPPING. The former University of Pittsburgh product piled up 473 yards on 23 completions with five TD’s and one interception as he led his team back from a late 35-32 deficit.
If you love offense, this wild, wild AFC East shootout has to come to mind. And it did for many as it ranked #8 overall on the NFL Network’s Top 10 Quarterback Duels.
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Tom Brady and the New England Patriots won the AFC East in Miami on Sunday
The stadium formally known as Joe Robbie stadium has always been the New England Patriots “little shop of horrors”. No matter how good the New England Patriots are, or how bad the Miami Dolphins are, it always plays out as a game that the Patriots will find some way to choke away down the stretch. Today...
Patriots Defensive Drives vs. Dolphins
One of the best performances of the year, if not the best.
(via Silverman’s Best: Patriots at Dolphins - 12/2/2012)
That headline speaks volumes about the domination the New England Patriots have within their division. While they have run wild in the AFC East in the Belichick era and have an unbelievable division record of 60-19 in that span sometimes the individual games don’t always come that easy.
And that was the case once again in Miami in December. They should move Halloween to...
The winning coach yesterday was dour. After beating a divisional opponent on the road in a key game for the playoff picture, he half-heartedly trotted out to greet the opposing coach. The opposing coach offered his head and said “congratulations” and the winning coach briefly touched his hand and started to jog away, not even making eye contact.
The losing coach wasn’t happy...
The Patriots didn’t put on their best performance of the season on Sunday, but it got the job done. And the result was a division title.
With a 23-16 win over the Dolphins in Miami, New England locked up their fourth straight division title and their ninth in the last 10 seasons. The win was a big one as it officially locked up a playoff spot for the now 9-3 Patriots — their...
Has the New England defense turned the corner or is this still a unit that should worry Pats fans?
Jason: You can still count me as concerned. The defense has been staked to early leads in the past two weeks and benefitted from several gift-wrapped turnovers, so we haven't seen what they can do in a close game when the pressure is really on and the other team isn'...
The New England Patriots came into today's game as heavy favorites against their division rival Miami Dolphins. The Patriots have made it a habit of putting a lot of points on the board in their 5 game winning streak, scoring a combines 219 points while giving up only 107. That fact alone spawned the prediction that we would see another blow-out in Miami.But the Dolphins had...
There was some talk that Sebastian Vollmer might not play based on how he was acting in pre-game warmups. He apparently took his helmet off in frustration and then walked off with offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia and the team's trainer. Worry no more though, Vollmer is active. And so is Julian Edelman.Patriots inactives: Gronk, Mankins, Jones, Shiancoe, Petrus, Develin...
Lead writer Nick St. Denis and AFC East Daily contributors Dan Begnoche and Sean Donovan pick the New England Patriots' divisional battle with the Miami Dolphins. Nick's take: The Patriots are pretty much unstoppable at this point, having scored 190 points combined in the last four games. And it's not just the offense. New England's defense and special teams have...
Jeff Howe's column in the Boston Herald this morning points out something very interesting about the Dolphins.They may be ranked seventh in the NFL against the run, but that doesn't tell the whole story.The Dolphins were excellent against the run in their first five games, and that’s why their place in the season-long pecking order is so high. They allowed 61.4 rushing...