Tuesday, March 23, 2010



By Matt Waldman, TheSportsHatch.com writer

The New England Patriots handled the Miami Dolphins on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Gillette stadium and are now in control of the AFC East division with a record of 6-2.

Tom Brady threw for his 27th career 300 yard game. Laurence Maroney and the Patriots' running game had some good plays highlighted by Maroney’s 4th quarter run, where he rolled over the top of a Miami defender, never touching the ground, got up and ran for a first down.

The vaunted Wildcat offense picked up some chunks of yardage, but proved once again that it is no match for the forward pass. The only bad news for the Patriots was that center Dan Koppen left the game in the first half and did not return. Dan Connolly took his place and worked with Brady under center as well as in the shotgun making a smooth transition.

Brady and Randy Moss connected for some big pass plays and Moss was especially good after the catch. Trailing 17-16 late in the third quarter, the Patriots struck back after Brady hit Moss running a crossing route over the middle. Moss caught the the pass in stride, stiff-armed Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis to his knees, and outran the Fin defenders to put the Pats up for good.

Patriots kicker Steve Gostkowski was also huge, booting the ball through the end zone on consecutive tries, keeping the ball away from the very dangerous Ted Ginn Jr. This morning, Tom Brady on Sports radio 850 WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan show said that the Pats are missing half their offense. As long as Brady and Moss are connecting, all is well in Foxborough.

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