New England 38, Miami 24

Date - 7:00 PM EST, Monday, September 12, 2011
Location - Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Temperature - 82°
Head Official - Peter Morelli
Attendance - 66860

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
New England 7 7 14 10 38
Miami 7 0 10 7 24

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New England 0-0 0-0 0-0 W1
Miami 0-0 0-0 0-0 L1


Tom Brady showed why he won his second MVP award last year, throwing for a career-best and franchise-record 517 yards and four touchdowns as the New England Patriots extended their winning streak in season openers to eight on Monday night with a 38-24 road victory over the Miami Dolphins.

The effort demolished Brady's previous career high of 410 yards against Kansas City on Sept. 22, 2002, and Drew Bledsoe's franchise mark of 426 set during the 1994 season. It was the fifth-best passing performance in NFL history, 37 yards short of Norm Van Brocklin's record of 554 yards.

Brady became the 18th quarterback in history to surpass the 35,000-yard mark as he entered 256 shy of the plateau. He also tied an NFL record by connecting with Wes Welker on a 99-yard scoring pass.

Miami's Chad Henne recorded his first career 400-yard game, completing 30-of-49 passes for 416 yards and two touchdowns. Henne, who also rushed for 59 yards, and Brady combined for an NFL-record 906 yards.

Brady also threw his first interception since Oct. 17, 2010, against Baltimore, ending his record completion streak at 358. The pick by Miami's Jared Odrick 2 1/2 minutes into the third quarter led to a 10-yard TD pass from Henne to Brian Hartline that tied the game 14-14.

Brady, who was 32-of-48, put the Patriots ahead for good on the next possession, completing a 10-play, 73-yard drive with a 2-yard scoring toss to Welker. After Miami failed to convert a fourth-and-goal chance from the 1-yard line, the duo hooked up for a 99-yard TD that gave New England a 38-17 lead.

Welker finished with 160 yards on eight receptions.

Aaron Hernandez made seven catches for 103 yards and a touchdown for New England, which has won five of six meetings with Miami. Chad Ochocinco had one reception for 14 yards in his Patriots debut.

Brandon Marshall caught seven passes for 139 yards for Miami, which scored only 21 points in two losses to New England last season.

Both teams lost a player to an ankle injury as Patriots center Dan Koppen and Dolphins linebacker Jason Taylor went down just before halftime and did not return.

Top Game Performances

New England   Miami
Danny Woodhead Player Chad Henne
14 Attempts 7
69 Yards 59
4.9 Avg Yards 8.4
0 Touchdowns 1
9 Long 19
New England   Miami
Wes Welker Player Brandon Marshall
8 Receptions 7
160 Yards 139
20.0 Avg Yards 19.9
2 Touchdowns 0
99 Long 31

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
New England 622 106 516 5 1 1 4.0 0
Miami 488 98 390 3 1 1 1.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Miami will play their next game at home against Houston . The Dolphins have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • New England will play their next game at home against San Diego. The Patriots have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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