1:00 PM ET, December 24, 2011
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots emphasize playing well for 60 minutes every game. On Saturday, 30 was enough -- barely.Rallying from their worst half of the season, the Patriots scored on their next five possessions and clinched a playoff bye with a 27-24 win over the Miami Dolphins on Saturday."You don't want to, certainly, make a habit of this," said Tom Brady, who scored on two 1-yard sneaks and threw for a 1-yard touchdown. "We showed some resiliency."
Better With Age
Tom Brady tied Rich Gannon's record for most 300-yard passing games in a single season by a quarterback 34 years or older (since 1960).
Game notesDolphins left tackle Jake Long tore his biceps during the game, a source told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen. Long left the game early in the second quarter and did not return, according to multiple reports. ... Welker set a franchise record for one season with 1,518 yards receiving. He broke the mark of 1,493 set by Randy Moss in 2007. ... Bush was checked by medical personnel on the sideline late in the game. "Something in my leg just didn't feel right," he said. "I'm walking. If it was serious, I wouldn't be walking." ... Moore completed 17 of 33 passes for 294 yards, his highest total as a Dolphin. He threw for more than that with the Carolina Panthers once in 2009 and once in 2010. ... The victory was the largest comeback by the Patriots from a second-half deficit since Nov. 10, 2002 when they beat the Chicago Bears 33-30 after trailing 27-6 in the third quarter.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: Tom Brady #12 and Brian Hoyer #8 of the New England Patriots run onto the field for...(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.8||4.9|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-3||3-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||10:59||Dan Carpenter 47 Yd||3||0|
|TD||13:45||Brandon Marshall 19 Yd Pass From Matt Moore (Dan Carpenter Kick)||10||0|
|TD||06:31||Charles Clay 1 Yd Pass From Matt Moore (Dan Carpenter Kick)||17||0|
|FG||11:39||Stephen Gostkowski 45 Yd||17||3|
|TD||07:10||Deion Branch 1 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||17||10|
|TD||02:17||Tom Brady 1 Yd Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||17||17|
|FG||08:55||Stephen Gostkowski 42 Yd||17||20|
|TD||02:56||Tom Brady 1 Yd Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||17||27|
|TD||01:48||Davone Bess 15 Yd Pass From Matt Moore (Dan Carpenter Kick)||24||27|
In the 27-24 victory over the Dolphins Wes Welker set the single season Patriots record for the most receiving yards in one season. Wes Welker also caught 123 receptions in 2009, the most catches in a single season in New England franchise history. He has a chance to break that with eight more receptions against the Bills next Sunday.[+]
The Patriots rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit to beat the Dolphins 27-14. It's the 1st time Brady has ever rallied from at least a 17-point halftime deficit. In doing so Brady joins Rich Gannon as the only quarterback 34 years or older to have ten 300 yard passing games in one season. Brady has a chance to break this mark versus the Bills on New Years Day.[+]
Tom Brady threw for 304 yards vs the Dolphins, his 10th 300-yard passing game this season. That is tied for the 2nd-most such games in NFL history, and one behind the record that Drew Brees set this year already.[+]
From Elias: The Patriots have won 11 straight games in December, tied for the 4th-longest streak all-time.[+]
Longest Win Streaks in December
This is the 2nd time that the Patriots have been shut out in the first half at HOME this season. The last time the Patriots were shut out in the first half at HOME at least twice in a season was 1993, when it happened 4 times. They went 5-11 that season.
The Patriots rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit to defeat the Dolphins, 27-24. It's the first time the Patriots have overcome a 17-point halftime deficit to win a game since overcoming a 28-7 halftime deficit to defeat the Colts 31-28 in 1999.
The Patriots trail the Dolphins 17-0 at halftime. It's their biggest halftime deficit in a regular season home game since Week 10 in 1999, when they trailed the Jets, 21-3.
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