Final

Patriots 49

(7-0, 4-0 away)

Dolphins 28

(0-7, 0-3 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 21, 2007

 

1 2 3 4 T
NE 14 28 0 749
MIA 0 7 0 2128

Top Performers

Passing: T. Brady (NE) - 354 YDS, 6 TD

Rushing: R. Brown (MIA) - 17 CAR, 76 YDS

Receiving: W. Welker (NE) - 9 REC, 138 YDS, 2 TD

Brady's six TDs give him 27 TDs after seven games

MIAMI -- Tom Brady emerged from the locker room Sunday wearing a suit and tie complemented by a pocket scarf, his stylish look marred only by a few small drink stains on one side.

My Fair Brady
Tom Brady

Tom Brady is threatening to shatter the NFL record book this season. In fact, no quarterback had had a better start to the season, in terms of tossing touchdown passes, than the New England QB in 2007.

Player TDs thru 7 games Total TDs
Tom Brady, 2007* 27 ?
Peyton Manning, 2004 22 49
Kurt Warner, 1999 21 41
Brett Favre, 1996 21 39
*At least 3 TD passes in all 7 games

So he's not perfect.

But he and the New England Patriots are awfully good.

Flawless at the start and off the bench, Brady threw a team-record six touchdown passes to help the unbeaten Patriots rout the winless Miami Dolphins 49-28.

With his team comfortably ahead, Brady came out early in the fourth quarter, then re-entered and threw for New England's final score. His TD total exceeded his career high of five, set last week against Dallas.

"He's looking awesome," Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas said. "He has always been awesome. That's where it all starts for them. But he has more talent to work with now."

The Patriots, who led 42-7 at halftime, improved to 7-0 for the first time in their 48-year history.

"We've got a long way to go," Brady said. "Our goals are bigger than winning seven games this year."

Brady completed his first 11 passes for 220 yards and four scores, including throws of 35 and 50 yards to Randy Moss. His other touchdown passes covered 14 and 16 yards to Wes Welker, 30 to Donte Stallworth and 2 to Kyle Brady.

Patriot Missiles
New England Patriots

The Patriots offense has been downright scary this season. In fact, only two teams in NFL history scored more points in their first seven games.

Team Points
Rams, 2000 296
Rams, 1950 285
Patriots, 2007 279
Cowboys, 1966 266
Bears, 1956 258

"Those guys are making the plays," Brady said. "I'm just throwing it. They're making my job awful easy."

Brady has 27 touchdown passes after seven games and is on pace for 62. The NFL record is 49 set by Peyton Manning in 2004.

The drubbing was the biggest downer yet for the Dolphins, who fell to 0-7 for the first time in their 41 seasons. They next play the New York Giants in London.

"We can't win in America," defensive end Jason Taylor said. "Maybe we can win overseas."

Miami also lost running back Ronnie Brown to a knee injury in the third quarter. Brown, who came into the game leading the NFL in yards from scrimmage, is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Monday.

The Patriots have won all seven of their games by at least 17 points, matching a league record to start a season. They showed little letup until backup quarterback Matt Cassel entered the game with 11 minutes left.

When Taylor intercepted Cassel's second pass and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown to make the score 42-21, Patriots coach Bill Belichick sent Brady back in.

"I did it because of the score," Belichick said. "One more turnover, and then it's a 14-point game in the middle of the fourth quarter."

"Coach Belichick looked back over at me and goes, 'Yep, you're going back in,'" Brady said. "By that time I had taken all my stuff off, so I suited back up."

Brady then drove New England 59 yards in four plays, the last a touchdown pass to Welker.

The Patriots were that relentless all afternoon, dominating even on special teams. Willie Andrews returned a kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown. The first time the Patriots punted, Chris Hanson's kick pinned the Dolphins at their 1.

Even when Miami forced New England into a third-and-18 situation, Brady hit Moss for a touchdown. Moss outfought defenders in the end zone for both of his scores, making one of the catches one-handed.

"If you want to know why we're 0-7, you look at plays like that, and it says a lot," Miami cornerback Andre Goodman said.

But the entire NFL is struggling to stop Moss, who has 10 touchdown catches in his first season with the Patriots.

"You give him a chance, he usually comes down with it," Brady said. "He's such a mismatch. He has a size and speed advantage on every defender he plays against."

Brady finished 21-for-25 for 354 yards and no turnovers. For the second game in a row, the Patriots scored their highest points total in 23 years. Their 42 points by halftime were a franchise record for a half.

Game notes

S Renaldo Hill hurt his right knee on Moss' second touchdown pass. S Courtney Bryan hurt his thigh, further depleting Miami at a position plagued by injuries. ... Taylor's touchdown was the eighth of his career, breaking the modern career NFL record for a defensive lineman he shared with George Martin. ... Patriots RB Laurence Maroney returned after missing three games with a groin injury. He carried six times for 31 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
New England
Miami
1st Downs2325
3rd down efficiency
3-74-13
4th down efficiency
0-03-3
Total Yards443382
Yards per play8.75.5
Total Drives13
Passing359203
Comp-Att
22-2824-37
Yards per pass
12.85.5
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-103-33
Rushing84179
Rushing Attempts
2230
Yards per rush
3.86.0
Penalties5-404-41
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
11
Possession24:5535:05

Passing Leaders

NEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brady21/2535414.2601-10
Gutierrez1/11515.0000-0
MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Lemon24/372366.4013-33

Rushing Leaders

NECARYDSAVGTDLG
Maroney6315.2011
Faulk6274.5010
MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown17764.5019
Chatman77310.4130

Receiving Leaders

NERECYDSAVGTDLG
Welker913815.3236
Moss412230.5250
MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Hagan45614.0020
Peelle44210.5013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNEMIA
TD09:51Donte' Stallworth 30 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) 70
TD04:28Kyle Brady 2 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERNEMIA
TD14:57Cleo Lemon 4 Yd Run (Jay Feely Kick) 147
TD14:45Willie Andrews 77 Yd Kickoff Return (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) 217
TD10:44Randy Moss 35 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) 287
TD06:47Randy Moss 50 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) 357
TD00:25Wes Welker 14 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) 427
FOURTH QUARTERNEMIA
TD11:35Patrick Cobbs 1 Yd Run (Jay Feely Kick) 4214
TD10:30Jason Taylor 36 Yd Interception Return (Jay Feely Kick) 4221
TD08:11Wes Welker 16 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) 4921
TD03:45Jesse Chatman 7 Yd Run (Jay Feely Kick) 4928