Final

Patriots 21

(7-5, 1-5 away)

Dolphins 22

(6-6, 4-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 6, 2009

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
NE 7 7 7 021
MIA 0 10 9 322

Top Performers

Passing: T. Brady (NE) - 352 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: R. Williams (MIA) - 18 CAR, 75 YDS

Receiving: W. Welker (NE) - 10 REC, 167 YDS

Henne leads drive for winning FG as Pats stay winless at opponents' stadiums

Associated Press

MIAMI -- The New England Patriots' road woes sent Tom Brady to his knees Sunday. When his final desperation pass was intercepted, he stooped over and buried his face in the turf, as if trying to hide.

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There was no escaping the blown opportunities for Brady and the Patriots, who missed repeated chances to put the game away in the fourth quarter before the Miami Dolphins rallied for a 22-21 victory.

Chad Henne threw for a career-high 335 yards and directed a 51-yard drive for the winning field goal with 1:02 left.

"When you lose, it's an awful feeling," Brady said. "We're just not closing the game out when we have an opportunity."

AFC East leader New England (7-5) remained winless in five games in opponents' stadiums. For the third time on the road, the Patriots lost after leading in the fourth quarter.

Fast Facts

• New England lost consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 9-10 of the 2006 season.

• The Dolphins scored the final 12 points of the game, improving to 5-0 in December under Tony Sparano.

• Chad Henne threw a career-high 52 passes, the most by a Dolphins QB since Joey Harrington in 2006, and threw for a career-high 335 yards. Henne joined Dan Marino as the only Miami QB to win a game in which they attempted 52 passes.

• Tom Brady threw for 352 yards with 2 TDs and 2 INTs, the first time he's had two straight games with at least two picks since Weeks 12-13 of the 2003 season.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"If things don't go your way, you've got to fight back," Brady said. "At times we do, and at other times I don't think we fight very hard."

The Dolphins (6-6) overcame an early 14-point deficit to keep their playoff prospects alive.

"It puts us right back in the thick of things," coach Tony Sparano said.

The verdict was sealed when Channing Crowder made his first career interception, picking off Brady at the Patriots 40 with 35 seconds left.

Brady went to the locker room early in the game for treatment of an arm injury, but he returned without missing a play. He finished 19 for 29 for 352 yards and two long touchdowns, but he also threw two fourth-quarter interceptions, and New England scored only once in the final 44 minutes.

Going Deep

Tom Brady didn't have much trouble with the long ball Sunday against the Dolphins, but both of his interceptions came on throws of 10 yards or less.

Brady by Pass Attempt Yards
More than 10 yards 10 yards or less
Comp-Att 5-10 14-19
Yards 243 109
TD-INT 2-0 0-2
Passer rtg. 135.4 47.8

Brady declined to blame his health, even though he came in with right shoulder and finger injuries.

"There are a lot of guys who are banged up," he said. "I don't think many guys are 100 percent. It's late in the year. It's a physical game. You've still got to go out and get the job done."

Leading 21-19, the Patriots had first-and-goal at the 4 with 10 minutes left, but Brady was intercepted in the end zone by rookie Vontae Davis, who stepped in front of Randy Moss to make the play.

"Going against the top receivers week in and week out, you've got to grow up sometime," Davis said. "Today was one of those days to grow up."

New England subsequently forced Miami to punt twice, but each time Brady and the Patriots went three and out. On one play Brady overthrew an open Sam Aiken deep.

The Dolphins started from their 26 with 3:44 to go. On fourth-and-6, Henne hit Greg Camarillo for 13 yards to the Patriots 28. That set up Dan Carpenter's third field goal, a 41-yarder.

Brady threw touchdown passes of 58 yards to Moss and 81 yards to Aiken, and he also had a 58-yard completion to Wes Welker.

But New England twice failed to score inside the Miami 10. The Patriots were stopped on downs at the 6 in the second quarter.

"I have to coach better," coach Bill Belichick said. "We have to play better, just do a better job."

Welker had 10 receptions for 167 yards, but Moss was held to two catches.

"They're focusing a lot on him," Brady said. "You've got to get the ball to other guys when they do that."

Henne went 29 for 52 with one interception. It was the most passes thrown by the run-oriented Dolphins since 2006, and Henne endorsed Sparano's surprising game plan.

"If he wants to, we can throw all day," Henne said. "I love it. Put it in my hands in pressure situations."

Brady hurt his arm taking a hit as he threw the touchdown bomb to Moss on the opening series. While the Patriots celebrated, their quarterback trotted off the field and kept going, vanishing through the tunnel.

He returned five minutes later, and following a Miami punt he was back in the game to direct a 13-play, 80-yard drive for a 14-0 lead.

On the Patriots' first play of the second half, Aiken caught a pass near midfield by snatching the ball away from rookie Sean Smith, who fell and then watched the receiver dash to the end zone.

But the Patriots didn't score again, and they couldn't stop the Dolphins at the end.

"You have to be mentally tough to win on the road," Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather said. "Right now, our team isn't mentally tough like it's supposed to be."

Game notes


For the first time this season, Miami didn't run a wildcat play. ... Broadcaster Larry King joined the Dolphins' radio team for part of the game. King did color commentary for the Dolphins in 1969-71 and in 1977. ... Miami's Davone Bess had 10 catches for 117 yards, both career highs. ... In the past nine games, Brady has thrown only one fourth-quarter touchdown pass.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NE
MIA
1st Downs1824
Passing 1st downs
1321
Rushing 1st downs
42
1st downs from penalties
11
3rd down efficiency
4-1010-19
4th down efficiency
0-12-3
Total Plays5480
Total Yards448416
Yards per play8.35.2
Total Drives1113
Passing352328
Comp-Att
19-2929-52
Yards per pass
12.16.2
Interceptions thrown
21
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-01-7
Rushing9688
Rushing Attempts
2527
Yards per rush
3.83.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-32-4
Penalties6-822-10
Turnovers21
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
21
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession27:2332:37

Passing Leaders

NEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brady19/2935212.1220-0
MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Henne29/523356.4211-7

Rushing Leaders

NECARYDSAVGTDLG
Maroney13413.208
Morris9404.4010
MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams18754.2011
Hilliard5122.405

Receiving Leaders

NERECYDSAVGTDLG
Welker1016716.7058
Aiken18181.0181
MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Bess1011711.7119
Fasano56713.4019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNEMIA
neTD11:48Randy Moss 58 Yard Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yds, 3:22
70
SECOND QUARTERNEMIA
neTD15:00Kevin Faulk 6 Yard Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 80 yds, 6:45
140
miaTD11:10Davone Bess 13 Yard Pass From Chad Henne (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 88 yds, 3:53
147
miaFG0:06Dan Carpenter 29 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 83 yds, 1:54
1410
THIRD QUARTERNEMIA
neTD12:16Sam Aiken 81 Yard Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 71 yds, 0:41
2110
miaFG10:04Dan Carpenter 24 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 46 yds, 2:02
2113
miaTD3:25Brian Hartline 7 Yard Pass From Chad Henne (Chad Henne Pass to Anthony Fasano For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 64 yds, 5:28
2119
FOURTH QUARTERNEMIA
miaFG1:07Dan Carpenter 41 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 51 yds, 2:42
2122