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Big Play Pats Do In Dolphins in New England 27-17 Win


Last year the Dolphins unveiled the “wildcat” offense in New England, and it paid off with a big win. Sunday the team wasn’t so lucky, using the offense quite a bit but still not able to stop the Pats enough to leave New England with a win, as the team fell 27-17.

Tom Brady attacked the Fins secondary all day, and all-world wide out Randy Moss made more than one big play, the biggest being a 71-yard touchdown with 3:15 left in the third quarter that put the Pats up to stay at 22-17. Moss then caught the two-point conversion to make it 24-17.

Fins quarterback Chad Henne was 19-for-34 for 219 and a passer rating of 75.5. Brady was simply better, going 25-for-37 for 332 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Moss caught 6 passes for 147 yards with the long touchdown to put the Pats ahead.

The Dolphins were down 16-10 at the half, but took the lead with a 10-minute drive to start the third quarter. Using a combination of the Wildcat and a conventional offense, Miami marched 66 yards on 16 plays with four third-down conversions and one on fourth down. Brown capped the lengthy series with a one-yard touchdown pass to Joey Haynos out of the Wildcat formation to give the Dolphins a 17-16 lead.

It was short lived though, as Moss’ TD shifted momentum, and was the big play on the day. “We just executed,” Moss said about the big play. “Everybody did what they had to do. You have to commend all 11 guys. Everybody did everything right on that play.”

“I wouldn’t say it took the air out of us, but it was a big play that hurt,” Fins defensive end Kendall Langford said. “That one play didn’t beat us; they’re a good team.”

The now 3-5 Dolphins hosts Tampa Bay next Sunday.

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