Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had quite a peformance against the Dolphins Monday night, finishing with a career high 517¬†yards during New England’s 38-24 win over Miami.
Brady had a record setting night against Miami Monday night. (FILE:Icon/SMI)
Brady finished the night¬†¬†32-of-48 for 517 and 4 touchdowns to help get the Patriots off to a 1-0 start to the 2011 campaign.
Overall the Patriots finished with 622 yards of total offense, with Aaron Hernandez (7 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown), Deion Branch (7 catches for 93 yards), Rob Gronkowski (6 catches for 86 yards and a touchdown), and Wes Welker (8 catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns) carrying the load for the Patriots.
Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco played a limited number of snaps during the Patriots season opener, and still appeared to struggle after lining up wrong in one formation – which caused a penalty for his team and nullified a would have been a 41 yard catch for Gronkowski. ¬†His only catch of the night came on a shoestring sideline grab for a 14-yard gain in the closing minutes of the 2nd quarter.
Overall Brady said after the game that he was pleased with their performance, although – as expected – he downplayed his big night.
“I’d say it was a tough game, I wouldn’t say it was easy at all,” said Brady. ¬†” I just thought we made enough plays out there, some exceptional plays in the passing game by some of those receivers ¬†making catches. ¬†The offensive line did an incredible job, Cameron Wake, he’s one of the best past rushers in the league, Jason Taylor, he’s an incredible player. ¬†It’s a very good defensive line, an athletic group of linebackers, a good secondary. ¬†I thought they made some plays on us, we made a few more on them.”
In the game Welker tied an NFL record with a 99-yard reception on a play where Brady hit him up the seam, and he broke away and scampered off for the touchdown. ¬†It left Brady with a big smile on his face as he discussed it with the meda after the game.
“That was pretty awesome. ¬†When I saw him break away – ¬†I mean, it was awesome. ¬†You know coach never lets us run that route in practice, cause he’s like, ‘I’m sick of Welker running seam routes, I don’t want to see that.’ ¬†All training camp, that’s all we heard. ¬†So hopefully we won’t have to hear that again for a while.”
“It was man-to-man, Wes ran a great route, I threw it, he made a hell of a catch, and a hell of a run after the catch. ¬†I mean I only threw it 25 yards, ¬†it wasn’t like I threw it 99 yards. ¬†Wes did all the work, I just had to put it out there for him.”
Monday night’s game also marked the 9th consecutive regular season game where the Patriots have finished with 30+ points. ¬†Brady also set a franchise and Monday night football record with his 517-yard performance, and surpassed former Patriot Drew Bledsoe’s club record of 426 yards¬†set back in 1994. ¬†It’s also only the 11th 500-yard game in NFL history.
The last 400 yard game for Brady came back on September 22nd, 2002 where he finished 39-of-54 for 410 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 1 INT (110.9 QB rating) in a 41-38 home win for New England over Kansas City.
Just to take you back a bit, the ¬†leading receivers in that game were¬†Troy Brown (16 catches for 176 yards and a touchdown),¬†David Patten (7 catches for 108 yards and a touchdown) and¬†Deion Branch – 6 catches for 33 yards.