Winning in a Winter Wonderland!
On a cold day in New England, the Pats end the season regular with Miami. Thanks to Houston losing, it's a huge game for us. If we win, we have a bye, with at least the 2 seed. If we lose, we host Cincy next week. How big is this? This year is the 10th time BB has the Pats in the playoffs. 6 of them, we were the 1 or 2 seed, and all 6 of years we made the AFC Championship, and 5 times the Super Bowl. The other three years, when we were the 3 or 4, we lost before the AFC Championship Game. So, I think it matters.
Now, I want to say some 'bye's' to NFL teams that I'm happy will be home in January:
Bye J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!
Finally, thank you Bears for this line:
BYE GIANTS! See you next year, at your House, when we lift the Trophy! It'd be sweeter if you can play us for it.
We have Nantz and Simms doing this game for some reason. Not thrilled by that. Jerome Boger is the ref.
Pats D1: Start at the 20
1st and 10: Brady to Hernandez, 14
1st and 10: Brady to Woodhead, 24
1st and 10: Ridley, 5
2nd and 5: Ridley, 8
1st and 10: Ridley, 6
2nd and 4: Ridley, -2. He slips and is touched down by Soliai
3rd and 6: Brady to Hernandez, dropped
4th and 6: Brady to Welker, incomplete. We're going into gusty winds which is why we went for it.
Dolphins D1: Start at the 24
1st and 10: Bush, 1
2nd and 9: Tannehill to Bush, pass defended by Mayo
3rd and 9: Tannehill sacked by Francis, -4
4th and 13: Punt
Pats D2: Start at the 48. Wes with a nice return.
1st and 10: Brady to Welker, incomplete
2nd and 10: Brady to Hernandez, 8. Burnett and Smith hurt on the play. Both seem like one play injuries as they collided on tackle.
3rd and 2: Brady to Hernandez, 9
1st and 10: Brady to Lloyd, incomplete
2nd and 10: Ridley, 3
3rd and 7: Brady to Hernandez, Wilson defended the pass.
4th and 7: Punt
Dolphins D2: Start at the 7
1st and 10: Tannehill to Hartline, 15
1st and 10: Bush, 1
2nd and 9: Tannehill to Matthews, off his hands
3rd and 9: Tannehill interecpted by Gregory! Nantz called it 5 yards before the pick, it was cool.
Pats D3: Start at the Miami 28
1st and 10: Brady to Gronk, 19
1st and goal: Brady to Welker, 9 TD! 7-0 Pats.
Dolphins D3: Start at the 7, after a holding call on the return.
1st and 10: Miller, 3
2nd and 7: Tannehill to Fasano, low, incomplete
3rd and 7: Tannehill, 8, on a designed draw. Nice call.
1st and 10: Tannehill to Hartline, 21
1st and 10: Miller, 4
2nd and 6: Miller, 2
3rd and 4: Tannehill sacked by Deaderick, -7
4th and 11: Punt
Pats D4: Start at the 8, after illegal block in the back on the Pats.
1st and 10: Ridley, 2
2nd and 8: Brady to Welker, 11
1st and 10: Brady to Woodhead, 24 on a screen
1st and 10: False Start, Solder
1st and 15: Brady to Welker, 23 on a screen. Patterson of Miami hurt, looks like more than a one play injury this time.
1st and 10: Vereen, 9
End of the first.
2nd and 1: Vereen for 7
1st and 10: Brady to Lloyd, high
2nd and 10: Vereen, 2
3rd and 8: False Start, Hernandez
3rd and 13: Brady to Branch, 16. Before the play, Nantz tells us Patterson is questionable to return with an ankle injury.
1st and goal: Vereen, 5
2nd and goal: Vereen, 3
3rd and goal: Woodhead, 1
4th and goal: Ridely, 1, TD! 14-0 Pats
Dolphins D4: Start at the 20
1st and 10: Tannehill to Mathews, 12
1st and 10: Tannehill to Fasano, 9
2nd and 1: Bush, -2
3rd and 3: Tannehill to Bush, overthrow. However, Hightower is called for roughing the passer. It's a terrbile call. He hit him clean, chest high, about the same time the ball was thrown.
1st and 10: Miller, 3
2nd and 7: Tannehill to Mathews, 20. Tannehill did a great job of escaping Ninkovitch.
1st and 10: Tannehill to Bends, dropped
2nd and 10: Bush, 0
3rd and 10: Tannehill to Fasano, overthrown. Ninkovitch is down. He needs to be helped off the field. Not good.
4th and 10: 41 yard fg: missed. They went for the FG into the wind, at about the same spot we went for it on 4th down in the first.
Pats D5: Start at the 31.
1st and 10: Brady to Lloyd, deep, dropped. So close...
2nd and 10: Brady to Hernandez, 9
3rd and 1: Direct snap to Ridley, 3
1st and 10: Brady to Hernandez, through Aaron's hands
2nd and 10: Woodhead, 11
1st and 10: Vereen, 2
2nd and 8: Brady to Woodhead, 15 on a screen
1st and 10: Brady to Hernandez, 5
2nd and 5: Ridley, 0.
3rd and 5: Brady to Welker, 9
1st and 10: False Start, Mankins
1st and 15: Vereen, 8. Miami timeout 1
2nd and 7: Vereen, 4, Miami timeout 2
3rd and 3: Woodhead, 6. Pats timeout 1, after running the playclock to :01
1st and goal: Ridley, 2, TD! 21-0 Pats!
We're at 550 points scored this season. 6 behind the '98 Vikings for 3rd alltime.
Miami D5: Start at the 21, 1 timeout left, 0:55 seconds in the half.
1st and 10: Tannehill to Hartline, 8
2nd and 2: Tannehill to Miller, 2. Negated by holding on Garner, Ninkovitch is questionable to return with a hip injury.
2nd and 12: Miller, 2. Pats timeout 2
3rd and 10: Tannehill to Miller, 10. Nice conversion
We are 6 of 10 on 3rd and 4th down. They are 3 of 7 on 3rd, with no 4th down attempts. B+ for the refs, and not a bad job for Nantz and Simms. In the second half, I want to see a lot of Mallet and running. We've got a very very good chance at the 2, let's not get Brady hurt.
Stats which may interest only me: Career Playoff Record: P. Manning 9-11, T. Tebow 1-1; Career Overtime Playoff Record: P.Manning 0-3, T. Tebow 1-0; Career Bronco Playoff Record: P. Manning 0-1; T. Tebow 1-1.