MIAMI - OCTOBER 04: Running backBenjarvus Green-Ellis #42 of the New England Patriots celebrates a touchdown with teammate Randy Moss #81 against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 4 2010 in Miami Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Special Night: Patriots' Special Teams Score Two Touchdowns As They Rout Dolphins Monday Night, 41-14

Led by two special teams touchdowns, the Patriots routed the Dolphins on Monday Night Football, 41-14. Patrick Chung blocked a kick, a field goal and returned an interception for a touchdown, while Brandon Tate started it all with an 103-yard kickoff return. Read more at The Phinsider and Pats Pulpit.

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VIDEO: Patrick Chung Blocks Field Goal, Patriots Return It For 35-Yard Touchdown

The Patriots only ran 25 offensive plays in the second half on Monday night's win (compared to 36 in the first half, and 44 in the second half against the Bills last week). But then again, they only had to run 25 plays, since special teams was busy controlling the game. 

After a 103-yard kickoff return by Brandon Tate and a blocked punt by Patrick Chung, the Pats put the game away with a blocked field goal (Chung handled the honors, again), allowing Kyle Arrington to scoop up the loose ball and take it 35 yards for the touchdown. 

(Thanks again to Tunison for his video work at SB Nation this evening)


Monday Night Football: Patriots' Special Teams Scores Two Touchdowns, Leads New England In Rout, 41-14

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Patrick Chung blocked two kicks in the second half and returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown in the final quarter, powering New England to a 41-14 win over the Miami Dolphins.

Chung had the type of game most defensive backs could only dream of, but the second year player out of Oregon had a factor in 21 of New England's 35 second-half points.

Shortly after Brandon Tate ran the opening kickoff of the second half 103 yards for the go-ahead touchdown, Chung blocked a punt, which led to a 12-yard TD run by BenJarvus Green-Ellis. In the opening minute of the fourth, Chung blocked a field goal attempt and Kyle Arrington rumbled 35 yards with the recovery to the end zone.

Tom Brady connected on 19-of-24 passes for 153 yards and a score for the Patriots (3-1). It was the 100th win for Brady, as the two-time Super Bowl MVP became the 11th NFL QB to reach the milestone and the quickest ever. He did it in 131 starts, surpassing the mark of his boyhood idol Joe Montana, who needed 139 games to reach the century mark in victories.

Chad Henne finished 29-of-39 through the air for 302 yards with two TDs and three interceptions, two of those going to linebacker Rob Ninkovich. Davone Bess caught nine balls for 93 yards and a score for the Dolphins (2-2).


Monday Night Football: Patrick Chung Completes Wild Game With Interception Return For Touchdown, Pats Win, 41-14

Monday night against the Dolphins, the Patriots became the first team in NFL history to score a touchdown rushing, passing, on an interception return, a kickoff return and a return of a blocked field goal in the same game. So, yeah: things went pretty well for New England. 

Oh, and Tom Brady became the fastest quarterback to reach 100 wins in a career (just 131 games; it took Joe Montana 139). 

The Patriots improved to 3-1, while the Dolphins fell to 2-2. 

Patrick Chung capped off New England's scoring -- and his night -- with an interception returned for a touchdown with 6:30 left in the game, putting the game well out of reach. Chung ended the game with a blocked punt, a blocked field goal and the pick-six (not to mention four tackles). 


VIDEO: Brandon Tate's 103-Yard Kickoff Return

The turning point in Monday night's game between the Patriots and Dolphins was Brandon Tate's 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Not only did it give New England their first lead of the game, but it also started a second half that has seen the Patriots outscore the Dolphins, 35-7. So why not show you video of it

(Video via Mike Tunison at


Monday Night Football: Blocked Field Goal Gives Patriots Another Special Team TD

In a span of just 15:55, the Patriots have scored four touchdowns, and made enough plays to make a special teams coach happy for half the season. 

At the start of the fourth quarter, the Dolphins lined up to attempt a 53-yard field goal. But it never got over the line. 

Patrick Chung broke through the middle and blocked the kick -- yes, again. CB Kyle Arrington scooped it up and he took it the rest of the way for a 35-yard touchdown, and a 34-14 Patriots lead in the fourth quarter. 

A kickoff returned 103 yards for a touchdown, a blocked punt that resulted in a touchdown and a blocked punt for a score -- pretty good night for the Pats' special teams, and coach Scott O'Brien.


Monday Night Football: Patriots, Dolphins Exchange Third-Quarter Touchdowns

The first half of Monday night's game between the Patriots and Dolphins saw just a total of 13 points -- one touchdown and two New England field goals. With 4:02 still remaining in the third quarter, the two sides have already totaled 28 points -- on four touchdowns. 

The Patriots opened the third quarter with a pair of touchdowns in about two minutes on the strength of special teams play before Miami got back in it with a 28-yard pass to Ricky Williams that drew the Dolphins closer, 20-14. 

New England immediately answered with a 12-play, 78-yard drive that culminated with an 11-yard touchdown pass to everyone's favorite new Patriots, Danny Woodhead, extending the lead to 27-14.


VIDEO: Tom Brady Attempts Fake-Spike Play With Randy Moss

It is oddly appropriate that at the former home of Dan Marino, Tom Brady and the Patriots attempted the play that the Dolphin great once made famous: the fake spike. Unfortunately, Randy Moss just couldn't quite bring it in for what would have been a touchdown. 

The Patriots settled for a field goal. 

(Video via Mike Tunison at the Mothership)


Monday Night Football: Brandon Tate's 103-Yard Kickoff Return Sparks Second Half, Patriots 20-7 Lead

The Dolphins' lead did not last very long into the second half. On the opening kickoff, Brandon Tate took it 103 yards for a touchdown, giving the Patriots their first advantage of the night.

It's the second kickoff Tate has returned for a TD in the first four games of the season. 

On the Dolphins' following possession, the Pats' defense forced a three-and-out, but before Brandon Fields could punt it away, Patrick Chung broke through the middle and blocked the kick, giving New England the ball on Miami's 15-yard line. Two plays later, BenJarvus Green-Ellis powered his way to a 12-yard touchdown, giving the Patriots a 20-7 lead. 

In all, New England scored 14 points in 2:16 of game time while running just two offensive plays. 


Monday Night Football: Patriots Add Field Goal, Trail Dolphins At The Half, 7-6

For the second series in a row Monday night, a Dolphins' possession came to an abrupt end when Patriots OLB Rob Ninkovich picked off Chad Henne, giving the Patriots the ball with 2:47 left in the first half. That's when Tom Brady and New England went to work. 

Brady went 8-for-10 on a 13-play, 63-yard drive that sliced through the Dolphins' defense before eventually running out of time. With 12 seconds left on the Miami 12-yard line, Brady did a fake-spike and made a back-shoulder throw to Randy Moss, but the receiver couldn't haul in what would have been a touchdown, despite having it hit his hands. 

A sack followed, forcing the Pats to kick a 30-yard field goal cutting the Dolphins lead to 7-6 at the half. 

In their final two drives on the first half, the Patriots totaled 118 yards on 29 plays, and took 11:58 off the clock, but only have six points to show for it. 

At the half, neither Brandon Marshall nor Moss has a reception. 


Monday Night Football: Patriots Cut Into Dolphins' Lead With 23-Yard Field Goal

A drive that began when Rob Ninkovich picked off Chad Henne was kept alive with three third-down conversions and a Tom Brady sneak on 4th-and-1, eventually resulted in a 23-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski, as the Patriots cut into the Dolphins lead, 7-3. 

While the offense only managed three points, perhaps more importantly, it gave their defense a rest. 

The drive lasted 16 plays and took 9:11 off the clock. 


Monday Night Football: Dolphins Strike First With Davone Bess Touchdown, Lead Patriots, 7-0

If the Patriots made any defensive adjustments since giving up 30 points to the Bills last week, they haven't sunk in yet Monday night. The Dolphins have already racked-up over 100 yards of offense and are seemingly doing whatever they want to against a young Patriots' defense. 

And it was no more apparent than on their seven-play, 64-yard drive that took 4:02 and ended in a 19-yard touchdown pass from Chad Henne to Davone Bess.

New England will start their second drive of the game with 5:42 left in the first quarter. 


Monday Night Football, Patriots At Dolphins: Fred Taylor Officially Ruled Out

It's hardly a surprise, considering he didn't practice this week, but Patriots running back Fred Taylor was officially ruled out of Monday night's game in Miami Saturday afternoon. 

Also out for New England: tackle Nick Kaczur and CB Terrence Wheatley. 

Meanwhile, the Dolphins will be without DE Jared Odrick, and LB Channing Crowder is doubtful. 

G John Jerry (illness - did not practice)
DE Jared Odrick (ankle - did not practice)

LB Channing Crowder (groin - limited participation)

CB Nolan Carroll (hand - full participation)
T Jake Long (knee - full participation)

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