Following the disappointing 22-21 loss against the Miami Dolphins yesterday at Land Shark Stadium, Patriots QB Tom Brady didn’t wish to draw attention to any injuries. When asked how his finger problem was affecting his grip he said “A lot of guys are banged up at this time of year. You have to get the job done if you’re out there on the field and play great. At times we did that. Other times we didn’t.” He continued saying “It’s late in the year, it’s a physical game, you still have to go out and get the job done. I needed to come in and get some stuff taken care of; I’m not going to tell you guys.”
Brady produced solid week 13 numbers, completing 19 passes for 352 yards and two touchdowns. Despite his efforts Miami found ways to snatch two INT’s. The crucial pick came with 10 minutes remaining on first down when the Pats were up two and in the redzone. Brady looked to WR Randy Moss but rookie Vontae Davis stepped in front to give Miami the extra opportunity from there. With 1:02 left in the game, Dan Carpenter sent a 41 yard kick through the uprights for the Dolphins to claim victory.
New England is now just one game ahead of the New York Jets in the AFC East Division standings. Their only W away was in London’s neutral site against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Coach Bill Belichick kept it simple to the press Sunday afternoon, saying “I have to coach better. We have to play better, just do a better job.” The Pats will try to regain their confidence next Sunday when they play host to the Carolina Panthers.
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The National Football League has announced plans to alter the start time of the New England Patriots Miami Dolphins showdown at Land Shark Stadium on December 6th, moving the contest up from its original 8:20 PM slot to 1:00 PM ET. The Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals will then take over the prime time position Sunday night. The Vikings (NFC North) and Cardinals (NFC West) both sit atop their respective divisions.
The switch was created for the NFL to exercise its flexible scheduling with the purpose of “ensuring quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots.” The policy can be activated for each Sunday following Week 11 if necessary.
The Pats Dolphins game could very well wrap up the AFC East for New England. They are currently looking ahead to their tough Week 12 contest against the New Orleans Saints Monday, November 30th. Miami trails the Patriots in the Division by two going into their next game vs the 3-7 Buffalo Bills.
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This week’s thrilling set of matchups caused for some numerous close battles and upsets. The Jacksonville Jaguars edged out the New York Jets by 2 with a field goal in the final seconds. The Cincinnati Bengals stunned Big Ben and the Pittsburgh Steelers to put themselves at 7-2. Denver QB Kyle Orton fell to injury against Washington for the entire second half, which led to a Redskins 13-0 fourth quarter run. The New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts remained perfect at 9-0 after defeating the St Louis Rams and New England Patriots. Check for all Week 10 scores below.
Thursday, November 12, 2009San Francisco 49ers 10, Chicago Bears 6 – QB Jay Cutler threw for a total of five INT’s, resulting in a San Francisco field goal in the fourth quarter to solidify the W.
Sunday, November 15, 2009Tennessee Titans 41, Buffalo Bills 17 – RB Chris Johnson led the Titans to their third straight victory with 132 yards rushing and 2 TD’s from 26 carries.
New Orleans Saints 28, St Louis Rams 23 – The Rams scored a TD with under 3 minutes left, but simply ran out of time to gain any more momentum against a tough Saints defense.
Miami Dolphins 25, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 – Miami racked up 19 points in the first half and barely held off the rallying Bucs offense in the final quarter to win by 2.
Minnesota Vikings 27, Detroit Lions 10 – Brett Favre and Sidney Rice connected deep for 200+ yards, as the Vikings defense held Detroit to just 10 total points.
Jacksonville Jaguars 24, New York Jets 22 – The Jaguars put the Jets under .500 with a field goal to end the game up 2.
Cincinnati Bengals 18, Pittsburgh Steelers 12 – Cincinnati kicker Shayne Graham knocked all four FG attempts through the uprights, as the defense held the Steelers to 3 second half points.
Washington Redskins 27, Denver Broncos 17 – The Broncos were held scoreless in the second half with QB Kyle Orton sidelined due to injury.
Carolina Panthers 28, Atlanta Falcons 19 – Panthers QB Jake Delhomme threw for 195 yards and 2 TD’s from 15 passes completed.
Kansas City Chiefs 16, Oakland Raiders 10 - Oakland started off hot with 10 first quarter points but struggled from there to get anything going.
Green Bay Packers 17, Dallas Cowboys 7 – Green Bay turned it on in the fourth with 14 points, redeeming themselves from their dismal showing last week against Tampa Bay.
Arizona Cardinals 31, Seattle Seahawks 20 – QB Kurt Warner had another stellar performance, completing 29 passes for 340 yards and 2 TD’s.
San Diego Chargers 31, Philadelphia Eagles 23 – RB LaDainian Tomlinson broke out with 96 yards and 2 TD’s rushing.
Indianapolis Colts 35, New England Patriots 34 – QB Peyton Manning marched his team down field for 3 fourth quarter TD’s to come back and win by 1.
Monday, November 16, 2009Baltimore Ravens 16, Cleveland Browns 0 – Baltimore scored 16 points in the third quarter as Cleveland’s offense struggled all game. Brady Quinn failed to complete over 100 passing yards while throwing for 2 INT’s.
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Tom Brady and Randy Moss connected for a crucial touchdown pass in the third quarter as the Patriots defense contained the Miami Dolphins to 17 total points yesterday at Gillette Stadium. New England racked up a score of 27, posting at least three points per quarter. The Brady/Moss connection immediately followed a Dolphins touchdown, when Joey Haynos received a short pass from Ronnie Brown.
That’s like getting stabbed in the heart right there,” said Patriots guard Logan Mankins. “You grind it out for like 10 minutes and finally score, and then in like a minute and a half we come right back.”
LB Joey Porter certainly gave New England some motivation with his comments earlier this week, basically listing the Patriots organization as the NFL’s favored cheaters. After the game Brady responded to his trash talk with nothing but class and respect, saying “he’s a great player, he’s been a great player for a long time, but it’s always great when you come out of the game and you understand that you kept one of their best players from [having] an impact on the game. We have to see him again in four weeks, so I’m sure he’ll be juiced up for that game. Hopefully we can go out there and perform the same way.”
The Pats have a tough string of games ahead for the next three weeks. For week 10 and 12 they will match up against the undefeated Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints. On November 22nd they’re scheduled to meet up with their division rival New York Jets at home.
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Following a bye week the New England Patriots are set to face the Miami Dolphins this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. The division rivals have yet to see each other so far this regular season. After the weekend they will meet again on December 6th at Land Shark Stadium. New England currently holds the top spot in the AFC East with a 5-2 record. The Dolphins are just below .500 in third place behind the New York Jets.
Miami LB Joey Porter had some choice words about Tom Brady and the Patriots when interviewing with Rich Eisen from the NFL network. The 11-year veteran called Brady out for influencing officials, and from there continued to discuss New England’s “unfair tactics” used in the past.
“He (Brady) just points to the ref and he gets a flag. So I can honestly say that he gets his own rules,” said Porter. “I still don’t care for New England. The hate’s been there for a while, especially after all the cheating they did back in the day. They can sweep it under the rug if they want to, but just like anybody else that’s cheating that gets caught, you put an asterisk by it. But nobody puts an asterisk by those championships.”
The Patriots should likely retaliate with their play on the field Sunday. After these kinds of statements the squad will certainly be fired up and ready to go. New England Patriots tickets are available right here at AceTicket.com!
This NFL Sunday mostly contradicted initial assumptions regarding certain teams. The New England Patriots seem to have worked out their offense just fine, posting 27 points against a tough Ravens defense. Jets rookie QB Mark Sanchez didn’t fare so well during his game 4 challenge verses New Orleans with no touchdowns and three interceptions. The 49ers proved themselves again as real contenders after dominating the Rams 35-0. The Manning brothers along with the Saints, Broncos, and Vikings remain undefeated. Check for all Week 4 scores below.
Sunday, October 4, 2009Chicago Bears 48, Detroit Lions 24 – Bears QB Jay Cutler threw for 141 yards and 2 TD’s from 24 total game receptions.
Cincinnati Bengals 23, Cleveland Browns 20 – Cincinnati was able to take the game in the final seconds of O.T. to avoid the rare tie.
Indianapolis Colts 34, Seattle Seahawks 17 – Indianapolis scored 21 first half points and never looked back from there.
New York Giants 27, Kansas City Chiefs 16 – The Chiefs scored 13 out of their 16 total points in the fourth quarter but it just wasn’t enough to catch New York.
Washington Redskins 16, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13 – The Skins created all of their offense in the third quarter and left the Bucs with zero 2009 victories.
Jacksonville Jaguars 37, Tennessee Titans 17 – David Garrard helped the Jags notch their second win of the season with 323 passing yards and three TD completions.
Oakland Raiders 6, Houston Texans 29 - Houston scored 17 points in the second quarter and shut the Raiders down completely in the second half.
New England Patriots 27, Baltimore Ravens 21 – Baltimore drove down the field in the remaining minutes but failed to keep it going in the red zone, resulting in a six point Patriots win.
New Orleans Saints 24, New York Jets 10 – Drew Brees and crew came up with 17 first half points and never let the Jets gain any momentum from there.
Miami Dolphins 38, Buffalo Bills 10 – Miami scored 17 second quarter points on their way to proving themselves as third best in the AFC East.
Denver Broncos 17, Dallas Cowboys 10 – Denver QB Kyle Orton threw for 2 TD’s and 243 for Denver to remain undefeated.
San Francisco 49ers 35, St Louis Rams 0 – The 49ers offense scored 28 second half points as the defense shut out Kyle Bowler and the Rams.
San Diego Chargers 28, Pittsburgh Steelers 38 - Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall produced two TD’s and 165 yards from his 29 game carries.
Monday, October 5, 2009Minnesota Vikings 30, Green Bay Packers 23 - Brett Favre in this highly anticipated matchup against his former Green Bay Packers really came to play, throwing for 3 TD’s and 271 yards.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington has recently been diagnosed with a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder and will be expected to miss the rest of the season. TE Anthony Fasano spoke out on the situation, emphasizing the fact that together the team must move on. “We’re going to have to go out there with Henne, who is a lot less experienced,” said Fasano. “There is definitely going to be a learning curve for Henne. He can learn as much as he wants in a classroom, but until he’s out on the field, in-game experience he’s not going to learn.”
Chad Henne being the man who was just promoted, has only completed 17 passes in his short NFL career. The 24 year old although lacking pro experience was a strong leader in his college days at the University of Michigan. Former U of M teammate and current Dolphins teammate Jake Long believes Miami can move forward confidently with Henne taking the snaps. ”He’s poised. He’s a leader,” said Long. “When he gets his chance, he’s going to do good.” The Dolphins next game is scheduled for Sunday, October 4th against the Buffalo Bills at LandShark Stadium in Miami.
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Auto-tune friendly R&B singer T-Pain and rapper Pitbull have just created a new version of the Miami Dolphins fight song. Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross also hired Margarita rocker Jimmy Buffett to create his own version. Both songs will be featured at Miami home games for the upcoming 2009/2010 season.
The original was created before the 1972 season when the team went on to post a perfect record. The song has served as a good luck charm for Miami fans and has been played for every game at Land Shark Stadium since then. Fans are unsure whether T-Pain or Buffett have gone away from the traditional music entirely, but regardless they seem to be going along with the tunes quite happily. The Dolphins will open up their season against the Atlanta Falcons on September 13th. They are not scheduled to match up against the New England Patriots until November 8th at Gillette Stadium.
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The Miami Dolphins are turning their franchise into an entertainment spectacle as well as a playoff competing team. With Jimmy Buffett, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefans, and Jennifer Lopez all on board, the Dolphins have many halftime and postgame concert options. Buffett has been tapped to write a new team theme song. Additionally, Buffett’s beer enterprise, Land Shark Lager, has bought the naming rights to Dolphin Stadium (to be renamed Land Shark Stadium). The Dolphins didn’t add very much this offseason, being confident that they have the team to win. Coming off of a 1-15 season, the 2008 Dolphins racked up a 11-5 record and a plyoff berth. With rookie Pat White, the team can really rely on the wildcat formation.
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