Just when I thought "This ain't looking good" after Lamar Miller's shoe flies 40 feet in the air and the ball falls harmlessly to the ground without Miller surrounding it, leading to a Patriot fumble recovery, the Dolphin D comes up with a 3 and out to keep us only 10 points down.
Then the Dolphins go 55 yards on 11 plays and I am thinking "OK, down by 7 and back in it."
Then Brady takes just under 2 minutes to set up another FG and extend their lead back to 10 points and I quote myself "This ain't looking good".
The first half was nuts. We get a three and out. We block their punt after a low snap but couldn't scoop and score and fall on it at the 13.
Was that first mini drive exciting or what?
Just to see all the motion and not have to hear "Go!" or "Go-Go!".
No, those days are "Gone, Gone-Gone".
This new look offense had guys going this way, others going that way and the ball going into the end zone.
A good start.
Then the wheels fell off. 3 turnovers that lead to 17 unanswered Patriot points. Our linebackers banged up and Julian Edelman is having a good first half.
"This ain't looking good".
Now, who amongst us thought we would make the correct half time adjustments?
Down by 10 with Tom Brady on the opposite sideline.
"This ain't looking good".
Evidently Philbin gave an inspired half time speech "The plays are there."
And they were.
That was the best second half I have seen the Dolphins play in a long, long time.
They were feeding off each other.
Moreno ran wild behind a revamped O Line.
The defense dominated as the Patriots had these drives in the second half leading up to their last desperate drive:
4 plays, 14 yards, Fumble
3 plays, 2 yards, Punt
5 plays, 2 yards, Punt
3 plays, -5 yards, Punt
3 plays, 1 yard, Punt
4 plays, -4 yards, Fumble
Was it all good?
Near the end of the third quarter, with the score tied at 20, Juwann James gets called for holding erasing a TD and leaving us with only a 3 point lead.
Then in the 4th, Moreno takes a handoff from the Patriot 4 and turns what looks like is going to be a loss of 3 yards and winds up running through 3 defenders on his way to a TD and a 10 point lead.
That was better than good.
When we led by 10 with just under 6 minutes left in the game, who amongst us felt comfortable?
They have Brady.
But I forgot we have Cameron Wake!
This guy is a beast. Another big Strip-Sack!
Up by 10. "Let's punch it in and put this away!!"
4 plays, 5 yards, NE burns time outs, 20 seconds off the clock, we settle for a FG and a 13 point lead.
Who amongst us thought it was over? Completely over?
I guess when you have Tom Brady, as when we had Dan Marino, you feel like if there is at least 20 seconds on the clock you can get 2 TDs and win a game.
So with 15 seconds left, Patriots ball, I thought "They gotta score now if they are going to win."
Hail Mary, Full of Grace, fall harmlessly to the ground.
And then it was over.
But actually this game was over when Philbin said "The plays are there."
We just didn't see it coming like this coaching staff and players did because, quite frankly, we have seen enough to prove the contrary.
Who thought we would rush for 191 yards and give up only 1 sack against a Bill Belichick defense?
So we are in First Place with a Division Win and lead the Patriots by 1 1/2 games in the standings!
This is truly a new season with new coaches, new players and a new attitude.
The Dolphins have turned over the roster and hopefully turned the corner.
Dolfan since 12/25/1971