Postgame notes from Patriots-Dolphins
|10.05.10 at 5:26 am ET|
Thanks to the Patriots PR staff, here are some postgame notes from Monday’s Patriots-Dolphins contest:
S PATRICK CHUNG RECORDS FIRST NFL BLOCKED PUNT AND BLOCKED FIELD GOAL
S Patrick Chung blocked a second half punt and field goal. He blocked a second half punt to give the Patriots a first down at the Miami 15-yard line to set up a 12-yard touchdown run by RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis. It is the first blocked punt by a Patriots player since Kelley Washington vs. NY Jets on Dec. 16, 2007. Chung blocked a 53-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter that was recovered by CB Kyle Arrington and returned for a touchdown. It is the first blocked field goal for the Patriots since Richard Seymour had a block vs. Chicago on Nov. 26, 2006. Chung was a two-time special teams player of the year during his college career at Oregon. He blocked two punts in 2007 while at Oregon.
CHUNG SCORES HIS FIRST NFL TOUCHDOWN ON A 51-YARD TOUCHDOWN
Chung picked off a Chad Henne pass in the fourth quarter and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown. It marked his first interception returned for a touchdown and the second touchdown off an interception for the Patriots in 2010. Gary Guyton returned an interception 59 yards for a score in the season-opener vs. Cincinnati (9/12).
WR BRANDON TATE SCORES ON HIS SECOND KICKOFF RETURN OF 2010
WR Brandon Tate returned the second half kickoff for a touchdown for the second time in 2010 when he scored on a 103-yard return. Tate took the second half kick 97 yards for a score in the season-opener vs. Cincinnati (9/12). Tate’s 103-yard return is the second longest kickoff return in team history to the 108-yard return by Ellis Hobbs at NY Jets on Sept. 7, 2007. Tate is the first Patriots player to return two kicks for a touchdown in a season since Kevin Faulk had two returned for a touchdown in 2002. The Patriots record for most kickoff returns for a touchdown in a season is three by Raymond Clayborn in 1977.
PATRIOTS SCORE ON A BLOCKED FIELD GOAL FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1987
CB Kyle Arrington’s 35-yard returned of a blocked field goal is the Patriots first touchdown off a blocked field goal since Raymond Clayborn scored on a 71-yard return at Houston on Oct. 18, 1987. That field goal was blocked by Andre Tippett.
AN NFL FIRST
The Patriots became the first team in NFL history to score a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown, a kickoff return for a touchdown, a blocked field goal for a touchdown and return an interception for a touchdown in the same game.
WELKER EXTENDS STREAK
Wes Welker extended his streak to 67 straight regular-season games with at least one reception. He has caught at least one pass in each of his 53 games with the Patriots, including three postseason games. The last time that Welker did not catch a pass in a game was December 24, 2005 when he was with the Dolphins.
RB DANNY WOODHEAD RECORDS HIS FIRST NFL TOUCHDOWN CATCH
A week after making his Patriots debut with his first NFL start and first NFL touchdown on a 22-yard run vs. Buffalo (9/26), Woodehead scored his first NFL touchdown reception on an 11-yard pass from QB Tom Brady in the third quarter.
LB ROB NINKOVICH MAKES HIS FIRST TWO NFL INTERCEPTIONS
LB Rob Ninkovich recorded his first two NFL interceptions. He picked off a QB Chad Henne in the first quarter for his first NFL interception. He registered his second interception in the second quarter It is the first time that a Patriots player has registered at least two interceptions in game since CB Leigh Bodden had three vs. NY. Jets on Nov. 22, 2009.It is the first time that a Patriots linebacker has recorded two interceptions in a game since LB Junior Seau had two on Oct. 7, 2007 vs. Cleveland. He added his second career sack in the fourth quarter.
TWO ROOKIES MAKE THEIR NFL DEBUT
LB Dane Fletcher and DL Brandon Deaderick made their NFL debut against Miami after being inactive for the first three game of the season.
PATRIOTS GOOD IN OCTOBER
The Patriots improved to 26-5 in the month of October since the 2003 season.
PATRIOTS OFF TO A HOT START ONCE AGAIN
The Patriots have started the season with at least three wins in their first four games for the fifth straight season and are the only NFL team to begin each of the last five seasons with a record of 3-1 or better through their first four games.
RB BENJARVUS GREEN-ELLIS MAKES FIRST START SINCE ROOKIE SEASON
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis made his first start since he made three starts as a rookie in 2008.