First Quarter, 15:00, NE 0 Mia 0 Kickoff: Faulk takes the ball at the 2 and returns to the 30 pushing a pile of Dolphins at the end with the help of Woods and Sanders. Hochstein is in as a wedge blocker replacing Neal, I didnâ€™t see if he had any block, but Wright and Banta-Cain in their wedge roles took out three players between them. Sanders had a nice block on the other side and blockers upfield were doing their jobs as Faulk was over the 25 before the first Dolphin got close. 1st and 10: Brady to Faulk for 5 yds. Analysis: Pats started in a shotgun, 4 wide. He threw to Faulk on 4 mississippi, so the WR and TEs were unable to get open as Brady went to his 5th read, a mismatch between Faulk and a LB. 2nd and 5: Brady to Faulk incomplete. Analysis: Brady was hit as he threw. He threw the ball on 4 mississippi which meant the line gave him the time to find an open man, but only Faulk running underneath the LBs was open on his 4-5th read. 3rd and 5: Brady to Brown for 5 yds. Analysis: Pats in a shotgun, 5 wide look. Brady threw on 3 mississippi behind good protection. Brown was between two defenders right at the line to gain - Brady had a clear lane thanks to Kaczur riding his man wide and was able to zip the ball into tight coverage. 1st and 10: Dillon right side for 1 yd. Analysis: Pats had 3 wide, 2 right, with Graham alongside Light. They brought Watson in motion from wide right to inside the slot, putting Caldwell the best blocking WR in slot and a TE outside Kaczur. Jason Taylor was playing OLB and moved up over Watson on the motion Mankins pulled and led into the hole opened by Neal and Kaczur, the MLB (Crowder) filled the hole and met Mankins, forcing Dillon to bounce the run outside where Taylor fought off Watsonâ€™s block to make the tackle. Just good disciplined play by Miamiâ€™s D, playing their assignments. 2nd and 9: Brady to Caldwell for 12 yds. Analysis: Pats lined up in a 3 wide, 2 left, I formation with Evans. Evans and Dillon both stayed in to block. Miami was in a 3-4 and rushed both ILBs. Brady rolled right to buy a little time and threw on 4 mississippi. Caldwell was on a sideline comeback and made the low and away catch that protected the ball from the defender. 1st and 10: Dillon left side for 1 yd. Analysis: Again the swarming Dolphins forced Dillon outside, running sideways. Taylor beat Grahamâ€™s block inside and was picked up by Evans leading Dillon, this left no one to seal the edge and let him get upfield off tackle, instead he was stretched out and run out of bounds. 2nd and 9: Brady to Brown, loss of 1 yd. Analysis: Pats in a shotgun, 3 wide 2 right, TE upright flanked left look. They ran a Flanker screen to Brown in the right slot. Miamiâ€™s RDE read the play and fought through a nice blocking effort by Faulk to get out and box Troy between himself and the slot DB. Heads up, smart play by Miami. Note: CBS shows a graphic on Miamiâ€™s defense and the categories they are in the top 10. 3rd and 10: Brady to Caldwell incomplete. Analysis: Pats in a shotgun, 4 wide look. Tommy threw on 3 mississippi with no one close yet, despite the delayed blitz that brought six rushers. His throw was low and inside to Caldwell who had a half step on the defender on a sideline fly - Will Allen was running behind him on his inside shoulder. Reche made a brave grab for the ball, diving enough for finger-tip contact, but Tommy might have done better to lob the ball over his outside shoulder with the defender on the inside. The TV shows the Safety was inside the hashmark and behind the play, so I put this on Tommy to have led Reche more. Crossâ€™ color analysis claims the blitzing S made Brady throw early, though Neal had knocked the guy well outside Brady, leaving a clean pocket - so Brady had time to set and throw. Note: Jason Taylor is shown working on a eye where Light apparently got a finger in - not that Taylor is any angel, the replay shows him grabbing and twisting Lightâ€™s face mask the same time Light is trying to get his hands up. 4th and 10: Walter 37 yd punt. Welker takes it at the 10 and scoots forward between the closing gunners - Willie Andrews working as right gunner makes a diving slap at Welkerâ€™s ankles, sending him stumbling forward to fall at the 21. Analysis: Walter put the ball in a good place to be downed inside the 20. Welker defeated that with the help of some good gunner blockers who slowed Andrews and Hobbs enough that he could catch the ball and get moving upfield before the gunners closed in. Miami Special Teams executed better than the Pats this time. Assessment: Miami looked to be creating doubt in Tommyâ€™s mind right from the start. He didnâ€™t look sharp on this series, and he was forced to use his RB/5th read twice. He had adequate to good protection on passing plays. The Miami linebackers filled well on run plays. Taylor moving around created a hard read for Tommy. Grades OL B+ no missed assignments, they got a hat on a man, they just couldnâ€™t reopen holes once the LBs had filled. RB/FB A-blocking, A-receiving, C-running TE C Taylor is a tough block, but he beat both TEs to make or force plays - and neither got open for a pass. WR B- Brown and Caldwell got first downs, but people werenâ€™t getting open. C-blocking. QB B- Looking uncomfortable on the first series is not good. OC B The plays looked appropriate for the down and distance. Special Teams KR Unit A Punt Unit B The gunners needed to break free sooner and get down under the punt.