PHOTO GALLERY: Dec. 24, 2011 FOXBOROUGH, MA. The Patriots defeated the Miami Dolphins 27 - 24 in a…
Game Balls & Goats: Week 16 Dolphins
1) Tom Brady -- Another 300 yard pasing performance after a slow start. Brady finished with 27 completions in 46 attempts doe 304 yards and 1 passing TD. He also rished for a pair of touchdowns on QB sneaks at the goal line, both crucial scores in the second half.
2) Wes Welker – 12 catches for 138 yards shattered the team record for most yards in a season by a receiver (Randy Moss 2007, 1,493). With 116 receptions, Welker is seven catches away from breaking his own franchise record 123 catches in a season. He lead the NFL with 104 catches headed into the season.
3) Patriots second half defense – Held the Dolphins defense to just 7 points after giving up 17 points in the first half. The team forced the Dolphins into desperation mode.
Rob Gronkoski - Finished with seven catches for 78 yards to break Ben Coates franchise record of 1,174 yards. Gronk has 1,219 with one game remaining.
1) Patriots first half offense – Failing to score on five straight possessions is a franchise first in 2011. The team could do nothing correct in the first half and looked listless on every drive.
2) Devin McCourty – As many good plays McCourty had on defense he had an equal number bof bad plays. Giving up
3) Rex Ryan -- The Jets fell to the New York Giants 29 – 14 to fall one game out of the hunt for a playoff spot. The Jets, who claimed they were Super Bowl favorites headed in the season, are in serious danger of missing out on the postseason.
Offensive line -- with all the injuries the patritos were in danger of having a loss they couldn't afford. The line couldn't protect Brady or open holes for most of the game. until the team went hurry-up, New England had no rhythm.
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