The Miami Dolphins opened the 2011 season with a 38-24 loss to the New England Patriots on Monday night in a game that featured the most combined passing yards in NFL history (906). Seriously. Tom Brady and the New England offense gashed the Dolphin defense all night long, as he finished with 517 yards on 32-of-48 passing, with four touchdowns and an interception.
Way back at the beginning of the night, the Fins struck first, as Chad Henne tallied his second career rushing touchdown on the opening drive of the season and Miami was in it at the half, trailing 14-7.
The start of the third quarter also started with a bang for the Dolphins, as Jared Odrick intercepted a tipped (by Benny Sapp) Brady pass and returned it 40 yards to set the Fins up inside the New England 10-yard line. A couple of plays later, Henne connected with Brian Hartline for a 10-yard touchdown that tied the game at 14.
The rest of the second half didn’t go so well, though, as Brady really poured it on, and even tied an NFL record with a 99-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker one play after the Dolphins misfired on 4th and goal at the New England 1-yard line.
Overall, Henne had a more than respectable night for Miami, completing 30-of-49 passes for 416 yards and two touchdowns, but on this night, the Fins just didn’t have the firepower or defensive wherewithal to hang with the Patriots, who appear to be picking up right where they left off last regular season.
A discouraging loss, Miami has now dropped 10 of their last 11 at Sun Life Stadium as they now try and use the short week to regroup and get ready for another talented offensive team, the Houston Texans, Sunday at Sun Life Stadium.
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