game started off with foot to ball, which the NFL doesn’t seem to want
any more, even though I do believe they call this game football. Miami
received the ball and ran it out to the 16.
Pats lined up in a 4-3, with Mike Wright next to Wilfork rather than
Haynesworth. Carter and Ellis
started at D-End. On the first play Ninkovich blitzed from outside
Carter’s shoulder and crushed Henne as he threw. However Henne had just
enough time to get the pass off. He threw it a little high and Brandon
Marshall dived for the ball. They called it an incompletion, because his
elbow hit out of bounds before he got his second foot down. Then of course
the refs had to step in and get it wrong just to start the season out
correctly, and called it a catch. Henne did a nice job of running up to
the line and pulled a “Brady”. They snap the ball before the reply
could be seen so it couldn’t be overturned.
1st and 10 Wilfork got great penetration, but Incognito washed him
past Henne who stepped to his right to throw. Ellis also beat Colombo with
a nice Chop, but Colombo was able to recover and just shove him past Henne
as he threw to Bush. Bush used his amazing speed to get past Mayo, which
is not easy to do. Then he did a little dance, made a little move, and got
the first down tonight.
Pats gave up two straight plays of almost 20-yards. Vince burst off the
line and was in the backfield in a split second, but he had run himself
out of the play. Vernon Carey destroyed Wright, and Long got out to the
second level and sealed Mayo. Which allowed Bush a free ride to the
imaginary yellow first down line, which he promptly tripped over for a
third straight 1st down.
mighty Vince looked pissed, and took a powerful inside charge into Henne,
and got his big mitts on him just as he threw. However, they were running
a quick pass anticipating the pressure. Henne was able to three-step and
throw in rhythm to a Slanting Hartline for six, even though he clearly
dropped the ball on the turf. But the refs had to practice hard this first
game to get it wrong, and successfully got it wrong again. Congratulations
guys. On 2nd and 4 both Carter and Ellis got up field nicely, but neither
came close to turning the corner. This was the least pressure Henne had so
far, but Chung had the coverage and the pass went incomplete. 3rd and 4,
they tried to go to Bush again, but he got a Mayo smackdown. They lineup
in an odd front, but Ninkovich was the stand up rusher on the rightside.
Mike Wright made a real nice inside Rip, but Carey was just able to wash
him past Henne as he threw.
came out on 4th and 1 and showed some smash-mouth football. Haynesworth
was finally in. He lined up right on the nose and blast off the line with
an impressive Swim over the Center. However the ball was run to the left,
and the O-Center was able to grab Haynesworth from behind and Held him.
The mighty Vince made a nice inside move on Long, and just as he was about
to slam into Bush he ran into Incognito from the side. Bush was able to
just slither away from Wilfork who looked like he was about to grab him by
the rattle. Then Bush was able to somehow snake his way forward for a 1st
down. It was great penetration by the mighty Vince and Haynesworth, but a
better run by Bush.
time with Haynesworth lined up on the right, he destroyed Incognito.
Incognito tried to chop him, and Albert the agile danced right past him,
and burst to his left with Bush in his brain. However, Jake Long, who had
tried to double him, followed him down the line and then dived and tripped
him from behind. That should have been an obvious Tripping penalty, but
apparently the refs were hallucinating again and didn't see Long reach out
and touch the agile Albert’s sneakers from behind. I don’t know what
purple mushroom grove the refs went to before the game, but can I get
directions? Anyway, Bush had to bounce it outside, and the agile Albert
had danced into his way, and Ninkovich didn’t set the edge so he was
able turn the corner. Chung came up and tackled him by his helmet, which
apparently is a penalty. However, judging by the obvious number of purple
mushrooms the head ref was on I’m not sure that it real is a penalty?
The refs seemed to see Ninkovich getting Held on the edge so it was
off-setting penalties, and I just wrote the longest review of a play that
never happened. Well, hallucinations can be fun when you are dancing with
the right tie-dyed mushrooms.
came out running and the mighty Vince had some nice penetration, but fell
down. Both Albert and Carter broke in from the rightside, and Bush was
able to trim his way past them as he ran into Chung. However, Incognito
Held Haynesworth so this hallucination never happened either.
1st and 20, Haynesworth came out. The D-Linemen fought hard, but they were
all stalemated. Henne had a nice pocket and threw calmly to Marshal for a
quick five. Henne, now feeling super confident play-actioned in the middle
of his 7-step drop and threw instantly as Carter turned the corner and
almost hit him. Fasano, who was perfectly covered by Guyton, had to dive
up and catch the ball with one hand and crashed to the ground at the
2-yard line to make it 1st and Goal.
Dolphins lined up like they were going to run, but planned on throwing.
Mike Wright lined up outside at Left D-End flipped Fasano, and almost
slipped into Bush who was play-actioned to. However, he slicked his way
around Bush who just got a lick on his leg. But he was still able to get a
hand on Henne, as André Carter used a simple speed rush to get past Long
and hit Henne down. 2nd and Goal form the 10, and enter the agile
Haynesworth. He was lineup at Right D-Tackle, Incognito tried to Chip
block him into Long, and then slip off and hit Mayo. However, the agile
Albert was able to Push-Pull off of Long and leap onto Bush. That is why
he was Defensive MVP, because he can not only absorb the Double, but
destroy it and kill the Runningback. 3rd and goal, the Dolphin came out in
the shotgun thinking this was a college game, and called a Tim Tebow QB
sneak from the shotgun. Henne humped his way into the Endzone for seven.
caught the ensuing kickoff 6 yard deep, and took it to the 22.
came out looking happy. He threw it out of bounds as he had drawn Miami
off sides. 1st and 5, Solder lineup at ORT next to Brian Winters. He
pulled outside with some nice speed and crushed Carlos Dansby and allowed
the Lawfirm to fall forward for three. 2nd and 2, Solder stoned Wake, who
stopped rushing to cover the Lawfirm sneaking out of the backfield.
Winters got Bulled backwards by Langford, but held his ground just long
enough. The Pats slipped speedy Special Teamer Mathew Slater onto the
field for his preseason patented fly pattern. Apparent Miami wasn’t
watching as he sped down field and dived for a 47-yard bomb by Brady.
Pats came out in the shotgun, however they ran the ball. Solder sealed Wake
nicely as Winters Pulled outside and took care of Kevin Burnett, which
gave the Lawfirm just enough turf to run for three. 2nd and 8, Brady got
the pass away to Welker before either passrusher could reach Solder or
Winter. 3rd and 4, Brady took a little more time. Solder let Wake get
under his pads and bull rush him a little, but he was able to slow the
momentum just enough for Brady to throw a strike to Gronk for 14 and a 1st
and Goal from the 5-yard line. Winters was able to stalemate Tony McDaniel
worried as I was when Miami drove right down the field, I am completely
relaxed now as Brady looked like he was in the Zone and looking to really
break some hearts. He handed off to the Lawfirm as Gronk had maybe his
best block of his young career. He completely collapsed the leftside of
the Miami D-Line leave the whole right side open. However, Mankins was
pulling to the right and got caught in the trash of Gronk’s wake, and
Solder pulled the second level and whiffed on Burnett, which left Burnett
and Sean Smith with perfect position on the Lawfim. However, he juked
inside, and then Spun outside, and bumbled his way into the Endzone to
make it 7-7.
came out running. They tried a Dive right at Love and Haynesworth, but
neither was havin’ it. Love ended up on Bush’s thigh for two. 2nd and
8, Ellis and Carter got up field nicely, but neither could turn the
corner. Haynesworth and Love both fell down, so Henne had a clear line of
vision and threw easily to Bush for four, as he dripped his way out of
bounds. On 3rd and 4, the rush wasn’t really there, but the coverage
forced Henne to swing it out to Bush again. Ninkovich came off his rush to
grab Bush and stop him short of the 1st down.
Pats came out with pretty good field position. Brady hit Gronk down the
seam for about 40, but it was called back for an illegal formation. Solder
did an excellent job on Wake. He came under his arms and brought his hands
up like a double undercut and grabbed shirt with both hands and stalemated
him easily. Connolly was in for Winters, and just danced with air as the
D-Tackle stunted himself out of the play. Meanwhile Brady threw another
perfect pass to Branch for 14. On 2nd and 1 Solder had another nice block,
he kickstepped back a few times, then caught Wake by his shirt again and
just stopped. He completely stoned Wake. Meanwhile Connolly fought
Langford for four yards as Brady somewhere high up in the Zone tossed an
easy pass to Hernandez Dragging across the middle for 4-yards and a 1st
down. Hernandez took the pass and turned it up field for another 12-yards
and across midfield.
Pats were now no-huddling, and tossed it to Woodhead on the outside for a
shotgun sweep. Woodhead just outran everybody to the sideline for five.
Solder stalemated Wake again easily as Brady fired another bullet to
Welker for 21-yards. And before the Dolphins could breath they were at the
Line again attacking. Brady handed off to Woodhead on the rightside again.
Connolly and Solder both had nice blocks, but Karlos Dansbury was able to
fly over from the weakside and hit Woodhead at the LOS. Woodhead somehow
pinballed his way forward for a couple of yards, and ended the 1st
and 8, and a play-action pass to Gronk. Who fought for 2 more yards. 3rd
and 6, Solder stoned Wake again on the edge, and just as Brady threw the
ball Connolly snuck over and shoulder-padded him right in the ribs. Brady
still in the Zone fired another bullet to Gronk for another far to easy
looking touchdown pass to put the Pats up 14-7.
Gates had a great return on the kickoff, but it was called back for
holding. Miami came out in the shotgun. The Pats came out with Wilfork and
Haynesworth. They ran right at Haynesworth who got knocked back 2-yards,
but then held his ground and never moved back another inch as he tackled
the RB. 2nd and 7, Haynesworth got tackle to the ground by Mike Pouncey,
as Bush bounced out into the hole created by the tackle and ran into Mayo,
Chung, and Arrington for 5. 3rd and 3, Haynesworth got in a nice punch on
Incognito, but he re-anchored. Ninkovich stunted inside of Wright, but
neither could reach Henne as he fled the pocket. Henne now with no big
uglies in front of him threw easy to Hartline running an Out 17-yards down
came out in 3-wide, Henne tried to hit Marshal streaking down the
sideline. However, the Pats relentless rush reached him this time as Myron
Prior punch Carey right off his feet and tackle Henne just after he threw.
and 10, and Miami came out running. Bush slicked his way behind his
O-Lineman who were moving down field. He finally burst free as Chung swung
in and hit him, but he fell forward for 7. The Pats D-Line was dominated
on that play, as Wilfork was Trapped nicely, and Prior Sealed. On 3rd and
2 they tried a Power Toss to Bush, but McCourty forced it inside, and some
Dane named Fletcher crushed Bush before he could reach the LOS. Miami had
Pats came out at the fifteen as Edelman made a mental error on the punt
return. Brady overthrew Welker and the Lawfirm picked up the only blitzer
who had a chance to hit Brady and stoned him. Solder and Winters both
Sealed their guys. Woodhead ran the ball to the other side. He slashed
between Koppen and Light and rumbled forward for 8. 2nd and 2, they ran
another Power Toss Right to Woodhead for a 1st down. Lined up in Trips
right, with Gronk and Hernandez playing WR. Solder got outside quickly and
took out the OLB, and Woodhead slashed inside that block.
and 10, and the O-Line was blocking well. Brady tossed it to Hernandez who
lined up in the slot and then Curled inside of Gronk’s Seam route. He
ran up field for 9. The Pats stay with the no huddle and don’t allow the
wheezing Dolphins to sub out. Because of Gronk and Hernandez they can go
from a spread to a power formation without subbing anyone. Last pay
spread. This play Big Single-back formation. They run a Dive-Right with
Woodhead. Solder and Winter making the first down. Solder blocks down on
the D-Tackle, while Winters holds him up. Then once Solder is driving him
backwards, Winters slides off the blocks and takes out the ILB. Woodhead
just runs full speed between the two for the 1st down.
offensive line dominates the Dolphin passrushers as Brady has about 7
seconds to throw. He finally goes deep to Welker, and just overthrows him
by half a fingernail. The Pats O-Line dominates again as Brady throws
quickly to Edelman. Who worms his way for nine. 3rd and 1, Woodhead runs
behind Light and Mankins for a 1st down.
false start makes it 1st and 15. Winter and Solder are solid again, as
Miami sends an outside blitzer, Winters transfers over to Wake as Solder
picks up the outside guy. However, they send another outside guy on
Light’s side. He has to take the inside rusher and the Lawfirm as to
take the outside blitzer. The blitzer Sean Smith leaps over the Law, and
hits Brady as he is throwing to help cause the incompletion. Because of
all the pressure Brady had to throw just a hair early and Gronk couldn’t
catch up with the early throw. Solder killed Cameron Wake on this key 3rd
down, on what some Dolphin fans might call a hold as he clotheslined Wake
to the turf. I however, being a neutral observer, would call it an nice
efficient block. Brady hit Branch for 8-yards. They were seven yards short
of the 1st down and had to punt.
Arrington caught the punt at the 3-yard line. On 1st and 10, Bush leaked
his way to the LOS, but ran into Love for nothing. On 2nd and 9, Carter
got behind Henne and spooked him a bit. He throw a little short, and
Bodden leaped up should have intercepted it. The pressure was finally
getting to Henne on 3rd and 9. Anderson jumped inside the blocking Tight
End, who grabbed him from behind and spun him around in another obvious
Hold. However, Prior and Carter high-lowed Henne as he was throwing, and
the ball barely squabbled past the LOS. The Dolphins had to punt.
1st and 10, both Solder and Connolly whiffed, but the ball was going to
the opposite side. Mankins and Light threw nice blocks, but Woodhead was
only able to fall forward for a yard. On 2nd and 9, Brady gets flushed out
of the pocket by Langford and throws it away. On 3rd and 9, Solder has to
go wide to take the rusher outside Wake, and Winters is late getting
there. Wake is able to sneak through and hit Brady as he is throwing to
force the punt.
come back with the two TE formation. The Dolphin’s O-Line does a nice
job and Henne is able to step into the pocket and throw easily to Devon
Bess. Who breaks a tackle and run for 25-yards.
and 10, Ellis made a nice inside move on Colombo, but just as he was about
to hit Henne, Chung came flying through a gap and crushed him. 2nd and 13,
and Haynesworth draws a Holding call on Incognito to make it 2nd and 23. Miami
tries to run it up the middle. Carey was pulling and left Myron Prior
virtually unblocked for some reason, and he crushed Bush in the backfield
for a loss of too little to measure. 3rd and 23, Anderson beats Colombo
with an outside Rip, and grabs Henne’s shirt as he flies by. He
doesn’t sack him, but he forces him to throw underneath and short of the
Pats get the ball back at the ten with less than two to go. Wake gets
under Solder’s pads and shoved him back into Brady as he throws to cause
the incompletion. The Pats come back with a Draw to Woodhead that fools
everybody. He gets nine as the Dolphins D-line runs past him. Brady then
sneaks it for the 1st down. However, Koppen got injured (later reported as
a broken ankle).
Connolly now in at Center, Brady hits Ocho for 15. Brady then hits Gronk
for 23. Brady just in pure rhythm hit Gronk for 21. Solder got beat
outside by Wake, who slapped Brady in the arm. But Brady just calmly
turned hit Gronk on a rope. Brady tried to back-shoulder Ocho. Ocho leaped
to catch the ball, but Vontae Davis grabbed him and threw him to the
ground before the ball arrived for another hallucinary non-call.
and ten and Solder gets beat by Wake’s speed as he Rips around the
corner. But Brady makes a great play and hits Welker with an amazing pass.
However, a Holding call on Solder erased the play. Solder was beat by Wake
and Solder did the only thing he could to stop him from hitting Brady, he
grabbed shirt from behind. It was a bad play getting beat so badly, but
the Hold actually prevent Brady from getting hit. 2nd and 20, and Solder
get some more bad luck. He stopped Wake. Who then broke through with
second effort. However, Sodler’s second effort stoned him again. But
Brady broke from the pocket and ran behind Solder, just as Langford fell
and smashed right into Solder’s legs from behind. He went down and Wake
got the Sack on triple effort. Gostkowski missed the field goal attempt to
keep the score 14-7 at the half.