Charting Out the Patriots Passing Game vs. Miami

Ian Logue
September 13, 2011 at 02:52pm ET

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After spending the evening logging the plays from last night during Tom Brady's record setting performance, I figured I'd share some interesting numbers from the passing game for anyone who was interested.

Looking at the passing game, the Patriots favored the left side of the field, albeit by just one attempt - with Brady throwing to that side on 18 out of his 48 pass attempts.

On those attempts here's how it broke down:

Deion Branch: 6 targets,  5 receptions - 80 yards

Chad Ochocinco: 2 targets, 1 reception - 14 yards

Julian Edelman: 2 targets,  1 reception - 9 yards - Brady was picked on the 2nd target to him

Matthew Slater: 1 target - 0 receptions

Rob Gronkowski: 1 target - 0 receptions

Wes Welker: 6 targets, 6 receptions - 148 yards, 2 TD's

Total: 13-of-18 for 251 yards, 2 TD's (72% completion percentage)

Brady also had just one fewer attempt on the other side, throwing to the right on 17 of his attempts.  Here's how those broke down:

Aaron Hernandez: 6 targets, 4 receptions - 74 yards

Chad Ochocinco: 1 target, 0 receptions

Dane Fletcher: 1 target, 0 receptions

Danny Woodhead: 1 target, 1 reception - 6 yards

Deion Branch: 3 targets, 2 receptions - 13 yards

Rob Gronkowski: 3 targets, 3 receptions - 35 yards

Wes Welker: 2 targets, 1 reception - 6 yards

TOTAL: 11-of-17 for 134 yards 1 TD (64% completion percentage)

From there Brady had 12 passes to the middle of the field, and here's how those broke down:

Aaron Hernandez: 4 targets, 3 receptions - 29 yards, 1 TD

BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 1 target, 0 receptions

Rob Gronkowski: 3 targets, 3 receptions - 51 yards

Matthew Slater: 1 target, 1 reception - 46 yards

Wes Welker: 3 targets, 1 receception - 6 yards

TOTAL: 8-of-12 for 132 yards 1 TD (75% completion percentage)

Looking at it based by down, here's how it shaped up:

1st Down Targets & Receptions:

Aaron Hernandez: 5 Targets, 3 receptions, 15 yards, 1 TD

BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 1 Target, 0 receptions

Chad Ochocinco: 2 Targets, 1 reception 14-yards

Danny Woodhead: 1 Target, 1 reception -  6 yards

Deion Branch: 5 Targets, 3 receptions - 43 yards

Matthew Slater: 1 Target, 0 receptions

Rob Gronkowski: 3 Targets, 3 Receptions - 60 yards

Wes Welker: 6 Targets, 4 receptions - 127 yards, 1 TD

TOTAL: 15-of-24, 265-yards, 1 TD (62.5% completion percentage)

2nd Down Targets & Receptions:

Aaron Hernandez: 4 Targets, 4 Receptions - 88 yards

Deion Branch: 1 Target, 1 Reception - 13 yards

Julian Edelman: 2 Targets, 1 Reception - 9 yards (Brady Picked on 2nd Target)

Matthew Slater: 1 Target, 1 Reception - 46 yards

Rob Gronkowski: 2 Targets, 1 Reception - 2 yards

Wes Welker: 4 Targets, 3 Receptions - 31 yards

TOTAL: 11-of-14, 189 yards - 1 INT (78.5% completion percentage)

3rd Down Targets & Receptions:

Aaron Hernandez: 1 Target, 0 receptions

Chad Ochocinco: 1 Target, 0 receptions

Dane Fletcher: 1 Target, 0 receptions

Deion Branch: 3 Targets, 3 receptions - 37-yards

Rob Gronkowski: 2 Targets, 2 receptions - 24 yards, 1 TD

Wes Welker: 2 Targets, 1 reception - 2 yards, 1 TD

TOTAL: 6-of-10 for 63 yards, 2 TD's (60% completion percentage)

- There were no 4th down passing attempts.

*Brady was sacked once last night for a -1 yard loss, which accounts for one attempt and brings the NET Yard passing total to 516 yards.

**Play direction is based on how each play was recorded in the official NFL Gamebook stat records.

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