Forget about the Miami Miracle, please. Label this contest “The Miami Massacre.”
The New England Patriots’ defense pitched a shutout Sunday afternoon at Hard Rock Stadium, blowing past the Miami Dolphins, 43-0. It is the first time Miami laid zero points on the scoreboard since a 40-0 drubbing at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens October 26, 2017, who whacked Miami to open the regular season, 59-10.
In recent memory, quarterback Tom Brady has struggled in South Florida, but Brady proved the doubters wrong Sunday. The former Michigan standout tossed two touchdowns, one to newly acquired wideout Antonio Brown, and threw for 264 yards, finishing 20-of-28. “I thought our team gave a good effort today.
“Obviously, Miami was ready to go and they gave us some problems early, but we were able to work through that and played 60 minutes and finished the game,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said postgame.
Running back Sony Michel, who attended Plantation’s American Heritage High, opened the scoring for the Patriots, as Michel punched the ball in from a yard out. New England defenders suffocated quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and even Josh Rosen, totaling seven sacks and four interceptions, including two pick-sixes in five plays.
“It’s a tough way to start a year with the two losses back-to-back at home like they were. They’re not the way we envisioned it going, but there is nothing to do but to go back to work and try to get better,” Ryan Fitzpatrick said.
Rosen entered the game in the fourth quarter, as the Dolphins trailed, 37-0. Rosen worked a 10 play, 39 yard drive, but was unable to put points on the scorecard. Despite being limited to just three offensive series, Rosen finished with a better statline than Fitzpatrick, as the former UCLA product compiled 97 passing yards, 1 interception, finishing 7-for-18.
The Dolphins have opened the season with a -92 point differential, being outscored, 102-10, and the season just might get uglier before better. Miami will begin their road slate against Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and the 2-0 Dallas Cowboys, who took care of the Washington Redskins Sunday, 31-21.
This story was written by Brandon Liguori. Follow him on Twitter: @BrandonRLiguori
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