By: Tom Cloutier
Call off the Superbowl, MVP for Brady, maybe even The Hall of Fame, call it all off. Brady is over, done, not elite. It finally happened…Tom Brady threw an interception. It’s all over, Brady snapped his NFL leading, 189 pass attempt streak without an interception. I guess he really is too old to play. Maybe he finally fell off that cliff Max Kellerman is always talking about. Oh, wait, he still finished the game 18/28 with 227 yards and 4 TDs. Never mind, he’s still the best quarterback in the league (and, of course, of all time)
All jokes aside, this game was never close, but it was never meant to be. Miami has been outscored 142-65 on their recent four game slide. Traveling to New England is never the place for a team to snap a losing streak.
Miami’s defense was particularly violent in this afternoon’s matchup. Dolphin’s CB, Bobby McCain was ejected after throwing a punch at Danny Amendola, who he had pinned to the ground after a block. The Dolphins' defensive linemen had several questionably late hits on Tom Brady. Brady might be ageless, but it doesn’t stop me from cringing every time he goes down. It’s a similar reaction every time Gronk gets hit low, or is still chugging along with three defenders draped over his shoulders. JUST GO DOWN MAN! Brady will give you the ball again, I promise, and we need you to stay healthy. Unsurprisingly, Ndamukong Suh got in on the dastardly action, reaching out a bear-like arm as Dion Lewis sped by, ripping him down by the facemask. Shockingly, this was met with a no call by the officials, and luckily, there was no injury on the play.
The Patriots have another chance to dominate the Dolphins, next time in Miami. They also face the other two, unfortunate members of the AFC East (Bills home and away and Jets at home) as well as host the Steelers. Tom Brady is 73-19 all-time against divisional opponents, none of whom boast a particularly strong squad this year.
Wake me up for the AFC Championship game.
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