The last time the Patriots beat a winning team on the road, Matt Cassel was the team’s quarterback. It was November 23, 2008. In Miami.
On Monday night, the Patriots finally did it again. In Miami. The Patriots outscored the Dolphins 35-7 in the second half to win 41-14 game in a day dominated by New England’s special teams. The Patriots scored touchdowns on a kick return, a blocked field goal, and an interception return.
Tom Brady completed 19-of-24 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown. New England got a nice effort from the running game with BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead, but this wasn’t about the Patriots offense.
The special teams carried the day. Safety Patrick Chung had a blocked field goal, a blocked punt, and added an interception return for touchdown.
For Miami, it was a complete meltdown at the worst time possible. The Dolphins are 2-2, but will be playing catchup in the division. They have two division losses, both at home.
This game was also so important because the out of division schedule for both teams remains brutal. New England has a bye, then faces the Ravens and heads to San Diego. The Dolphins have their bye, then go to Green Bay and host Pittsburgh.