Sunday proved to be a big day for the Patriots organization as they defeated the Miami Dolphins in their stadium and advanced to a 14-2 record and clinched home field advantage throughout the road to the Super Bowl.
There were some big achievements Sunday; Brady has surpassed the great Nick Foles for the best TD-INT ratio in a season, he passed Dan Marino as 4th all-time in Passing Yards within NFL history, and the Patriots marked the least interceptions thrown in a season by a team (between 3 Quarterbacks nonetheless). Meanwhile, running back LeGarrette Blount ran for his 18th touchdown of the season, a number that hasn’t been reached since Adrian Peterson did so in 2009.
The game wasn’t a very close one, as Brady managed to throw 3 Touchdowns in the game and finished with a final score of 35-14. Even though the score wasn’t close, the game felt much closer. Miami came out with plenty of attitude and something to prove, and although the score didn’t represent it I think seeing them again in the playoffs would provide fans with an electric and intense game that’s worth watching.
Julian Edelman provided a majority of the offense for the Patriots, as he had 8 catches and over 150 yards receiving. Aside from that, the next best receiving stat-line was 3 catches. Newly acquired wideout Michael Floyd showed intensity throughout the game, with multiple hustle plays to help out his teammates as well as on a receiving touchdown. Floyd’s coming back with a vengeance after being cut by the Cardinals and being passed on in the waiver wire by every team in the NFL. It seems someone wants to prove their worth in the playoffs.
Speaking of playoffs, the Patriots get to kick back for a week and see who wins in the Wild Card round. The Steelers (3 seed) will play the Miami Dolphins (6 seed) and the Texans (4 seed) will play the Oakland Raiders (5 seed). If the Steelers win, New England sees the winner of the Texans v Raiders game. Neither of these teams seem too troubling. New England shut out the Texans this year with Jacoby Brisset playing quarterback instead of Tom Brady or Jimmy Garapollo. The Raiders, although exciting on offense, have a porous defense and have lost their starting quarterback likely for the remainder of the season. If Pittsburgh is to lose against the Dolphins, then we play the Dolphins. I touched on this earlier, but the Patriots just toppled the ‘Phins on Sunday. Nothing here sounds too concerning. The road to the Super Bowl seems to be a breezy one.