The Miami Dolphins suffered a variety of miscues on their first drive against the New England Patriots on Sunday. The Dolphins started off fast with a deep pass completion to Mike Wallace but then were stuffed on their next two plays. That led to a blocked field goal, which then led to the Patriots returning it for a touchdown to go up early. Joe Philbin talked about that and what was going through his mind as everything was happening so fast around him.
“Yeah, I mean, obviously the game started on a good, positive play for us, but we're down there in good position and weren't able to capitalize. They made a play and we didn't do a good job protecting.”
In regards to the run play that was stuffed on third-and-six, Philbin said it was all part of their game-plan.
“I think that was part of the game plan we had on third down. We meet on third down every single week, we come up with plays in each down and distance category and that was one of the plays we came up with.
And the blocked field goal? Philbin said that the Patriots were able to rush through the gap and make a play.
“Looked like it came through the C-gap if I'm not mistaken, and, you know, we schemed up pretty well. And, you know, I'll take a look at the film… I don't know if the kick could have been a little higher, maybe. I don't know. But they certainly penetrated and I believe it was 91 [Jamie] Collins, if I'm not mistaken. They made a good play we got to do a better job of protecting the kicker.
It was a perfect storm, especially on the first drive of the game. While that didn't end up having an impact on the final score, it was a good description of how the overall flow of the game went for the Dolphins.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs