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December 02, 2012

G12: New England 23, Dolphins 16 (Final): Measuring-stick game finds Pats still in charge

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G12: NEW ENGLAND @ DOLPHINS: Final: An eminently winnable game that Miami simply could not find a way to win. Tom Brady off his game but Dolphins could  not capitalize. Miami sinks to 5-7. Time to stop even pretending playoffs are still in play. 4Q: Onside kick fails. ... Dolphins' 42-yard FG with 31 seconds left makes it 23-16, sets up desperation onside-kick. Bettors who had Miami covering are thrilled. ... Pats add 20-yard FG for 23-13 lead with 1:10 to play. Game time. ... MIA within 20-13 on 33-yard FG with 8:35 left. Team converted a 4th and 1 but had to settle after Tannehill sacked on 3rd down. ... Pats up 20-10 with 13M left after 32-yard FG. Had 1st and goal at 2 but settled. ... This game is begging to be won. But can Miami win it? ..... 3Q: Cautious MIA eschews gamble, punts on 4th and 1 from Pats' 49. Go for it there! ... Cameron Wake drops Brady hard; sack knocks Pats out of FG range, forces punt. ... Questionable pass-interference call against Karlos Dansby; pass did not appear to be catchable. ..... Half: sloppy, offensively erratic, even game so far. Difference is that early muffed punt that gifted Pats with an easy score. Neither Brady nor Tannehill playing particularly well. A Dolfan might take heart in Miami very much being in this game, or perhaps be discouraged that Pats are ahead despite not playing very well and having only 10 yards rushing. ..... 2Q: Tannehill 2-yard TD run 25 seconds before halftime caps 80-yard drive, moves MIA within 17-10. ... Ryan Tannehill loses fumble at own 25 on close call that might have been ruled a forward pass, but wasn't. Leads to 43-yard Pats FG and 17-3 lead. ... Dolphins stuck on two 1st downs. A little offense, please? ... Wes Welker reaches e-zone on a 7-yard screen pass from Tom Brady for a 14-3 Pats lead. ... Reshad Jones pass-interference; mistakes hurting Miami. ... Brady (9-for-17) having an off-day. Miami needs to take advantage. ... Roughing-punter penalty against Jimmy Wilson gives Pats new life. Dumb mistake. ..... 1Q: Jones INT leads to 44-yard FG by Dan Carpenter and 7-3 score with one second left in opening quarter. ... Jake Long tricep injury; return questionable. ... Richie Incognito recovers Miami fumble by Daniel Thomas. ... Reshad Jones return INT for apparent TD but offsetting penalties give Miami possession at NE 34. Only fourth pick by Tom Brady all season. ... Dolphins down punt at 3, best thing MIA has done all day so far. ... Miami's first 1st down comes with 6:03 left in 1Q. ... Patriots wide-right on 49-yard FG try. NE fans and Dolfans dueling for decibels and ownership of crowd. ... Dolphins muffed punt gives Pats 1st down at Miami 12, leads to Stevan Ridley 2-yard TD run and 7-0 Pats lead. Punt snap was low but looked like Brandon Fields should have handled it. ... Tom Brady inactive! Just kidding. Wanted to see if you were paying attention. ... Intermittent rain and lots of Pats fans at Joe's Place. ..... Original post: Here comes The Measuring Stick. The New England Patriots have been 1aa1dolpats2that for the Dolphins in the AFC East seemingly forever -- well, in the thriving Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era, at least. And the Pats continue to be that and will continue to be that until the Dolphins prove otherwise. A home win today would be a start. There would be symbolism involved, because it's the first time rookie QB Ryan Tannehill has faced his position's gold standard and Dolphin-nemesis, Mr. Brady. I give Miami a fair upset shot at home and think they'll cover the 7 1/2-point line, but just cannot see this Dolphins offense outscoring the high-powered Pats. This is The Measuring Stick, and it finds Miami short. My pick: Patriots, 30-24.

CHIEFS RIGHT TO PLAY GAME DESPITE TRAGEDY: Kansas City hosts Carolina today at 1 p.m. and the game goes on as scheduled despite Saturday's awful murder-suicide involving starting linebacker Jovan Belcher. There have been some calls for the game to be postponed but that would not be realistic or the right thing. Belcher by his actions should not have that power. I have sympathy for the demons that drove him, but, bottom line, Belcher committed a cowardly act of the lowest order when he killed his girlfriend, making an orphan of their baby daughter, before taking his own life. It is difficult to imagine how a club should honor one of its players who has just committed a murder. Not as a hero, for sure. Best to play this game and move on.

Radio, then live blog: I'll be talking Dolphins-Pats and NFL nonstop on the 790 The Ticket pregame show today starting at 10 a.m. Then I'll be right back here by kickoff with our Live Boutique Blog during the game. 

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Does any know of Belchers reasons for this tragic act?

Pats in town... Fins Offense needs 30 pts or better. Fins Defense needs to limit Brady's effectiveness by creating some turnovers & sacks.

Two reasons why Belicheck shouldn't lose today... He's coaching against a rookie Head Coach & rookie QB. Belichecks D playcalling confused Indy QB Luck into a terrible second half.

IMO the Fins will be on the wrong end of a butt whoopin

I read he had been injured so he wasn't around the team or his teammates and had completely shut out what was going on in the NFL.

Apparently yesterday he went in to the team's facilities and someone told him Brady Quinn was their starting quarterback.

Jimbo,

I certainly hope you're wrong about your "butt whoopin" comment, our only chance is for the game to be close, we need to run the football and have ZERO turnovers..

Brady has been nearly perfect the last few weeks, maybe this is the week he makes a couple of mistakes?

hoping for the best...

Dolphins 26
Patsies 24

book it.

I hear Javon Belcher is on the inactive/unable to perform list.
Cote is this true?
BTW Cote,How many turkeys did you consume last thursday?

FZB, The key to the game is quite simple.
SCORE MORE POINTS THEN THE BRADYCHETS.
How you say?
#1 Knock out brady in the 1st QTR
#2 No Turnovers
#3 hope for a half time adjustments at halftime.

Jimbo, it's Belichick, not Belicheck:)

...and you can't give me any sh** today, cause it's my birthday. Also, the last time the Dolphins played a juggernaut on my birthday, and who they were supposed to lose to was when they played the mighty Bears and Marino outperformed the Refrigerator.

OC, Good lord, That was almost 20 years ago, it seems like yesterday to me but you being a mortal..
I mean come on bro, you must have better memories..

Happy birthday OC. You dind't have to advertise like a second grader, "Today's my birthday!" But even so, come on over and I'll buy you a drink and give you your present.....a ticket for the new and great Lincoln movie.

Did the refs forget to bring the chains into the game? If it's within a yard +/- they are just giving it to them.

BOTH BRADY AND TANNEHILL OFF-TARGET:

worst place to throw a pass is rught at the receiver's head or directly above it, which both QBs have been doing. brady is just throwing it a little too hard/far or it would be 14-0. another right over his head toss by #17 or it would be tied up.

The refs are killing us.

My goodness gracious, we have the best cheerleaders in sports and it's not even close. I don't know why they're spending so much time filming the action on the field when all the action is on the sidelines.

Some of these guys are just plain stupid! Poor coaching.

Like I said, why show the action on the field when these jack asses are doing everything in their power to give the Patsys the win when you can show the starbrites jumping up and down.

Happy birthday muchacho....

Bullshit

Who's Fab???..lol

Oye OC, I hat forgotten you were a Sagi..Me too (the 9th)

Happy birthday !!!!

Fins D is playing tough today. Offense needs to come through. Tannehill missed a wide open Hartline for a sure TD in 1st QTR. Struggling along. Rashard Jones & Sean Smith playing well today. Incognito has some good & some bad plays against NFL's best DT Wilfork.

Note.. Long goes out with injury, Martin moves from RT to LT.. IMO LT will be Martins position starting next yr.

Dominate pass rusher & big time WR threat with speed will do this team well.

Happy Birthday OC! Health & Wealth to you.

Run the freaking ball!

Mr. Woodcock,

i imagine your 3:41 post was in response to 4th and 1/2 at midfield. isn't that why javorskie lane is on the team? after watching the end of the lions and colts, ands mehopes FZB doesn't slash his wrists when he reads this, but the differense between andrew luck and RGIII to the talent level of #17 is much greater than between tannehill and russell wilson. remember that a phantom roughing the passer call wiped out a crucial INT and allowed the dolphins to tie the seahawks and eventually win. tannehill is showing that he only played two years in college, and having the same coaching that he had in college might not be the best thing for him. tannehill is showing that he is headed for mediocrity unless he has a drastic spike between this season and next. SF and NE again and let's see what #17 can do till season's end.

5-7

So far Tan looks ok. Not any better or worse than the long line of stiffs that have been here since #13 retired. In no way do I expect a rookie to come in and play like Marino, hell guys like Dan come around once every 30 years, but what's the difference between Tan and any of the other guys that they've brought in here during the past 10 years?

Woodcock
The difference between Tannehill & the other brought in to play QB since Marino left is,,, talent. The kid has shown as a rookie QB with no deep threat that he has potential to grow. Miami didn't invest a whole lot in QB since Dan retired. Henne was a second rd pick and never showed much of a flash. Matt Moore may have been the best in limited playing time-which ain't saying much.
Tannehill will have the rest of the season to grow. Give the man some more weapons. Add another O lineman.

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