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PATRIOTS-DOLPHINS NOTEBOOK

PATRIOTS-DOLPHINS NOTEBOOK

GAME NOTES
Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins – January 2, 2011
BILL BELICHICK’S WINNING WAYS
New England head coach Bill Belichick has guided the Patriots to an NFL-best 14-2 record this season. Belichick is the first head coach ever to win at least 14 regular-season games in four separate seasons. Only four other coaches — San Francisco’s George Seifert (3), Washington’s Joe Gibbs (2), Chicago’s Mike Ditka (2) and Miami’s Don Shula (2) — have more than one 14-win season.
BILL BELICHICK’S 14-WIN REGULAR SEASONS
YEAR RECORD SEASON RESULT
2003 14-2 Super Bowl XXXVIII Champions
2004 14-2 Super Bowl XXXIX Champions
2007 16-0 Super Bowl XLII
2010 14-2 ???????
PATRIOTS SET NFL RECORD FOR FEWEST TURNOVERS IN A 16-GAME SEASON
The Patriots had just 10 turnovers in 2010 (5 interceptions and 5 fumbles), setting an NFL record for fewest turnovers in a season. The previous NFL record for fewest turnovers in a season was 12 by Kansas City in the strike-shortened 1982 season. The previous record for fewest turnovers in a 16-game season was 13 by the Giants and Dolphins in 2008. The former Patriots record for fewest turnovers in a season was 15 in 2007 (9 interceptions and 6 fumbles).
PATRIOTS TIE NFL RECORD FOR FEWEST INTERCEPTIONS IN A SEASON
The Patriots had just five passes intercepted in 2010, tying the NFL mark for fewest interceptions in a single season. New England attempted 507 passes in 2010, with just five resulting in interceptions. The other teams to have only five interceptions in a season were the 1960 Cleveland Browns, the 1966 Green Bay Packers, the 1990 Kansas City Chiefs and the 1990 New York Giants.
PATRIOTS CLOSE OUT THE 2010 SEASON WITH AN 8-0 RECORD AT HOME
The Patriots finished with a perfect 8-0 regular-season record at Gillette Stadium for the second consecutive season. New England has now finished perfect at home five times in team history (2003, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010). The Patriots are the only team in the NFL to finish undefeated at home in 2010. New England has won 17 straight regular-season home games, with its last home loss coming on Nov. 30, 2008 against Pittsburgh. The Patriots’ 17 straight home wins marks the longest current streak in the NFL and the second longest in franchise history, trailing only the Patriots’ 18 straight home wins from 2002-2005. The Patriots own a 60-12 regular-season record at Gillette Stadium since the facility opened in 2002.
EDELMAN SETS FRANCHISE RECORD WITH A 94-YARD PUNT RETURN FOR A TOUCHDOWN
WR Julian Edelman set a franchise record with a 94-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter. The Patriots’ previous longest punt return was an 89-yard touchdown return by Mike Haynes vs. Buffalo on Nov. 7, 1976. It is the first punt return for a touchdown by the Patriots since Troy Brown had a 68-yard return at Carolina on Jan. 6, 2002.
PATRIOTS FINISH EIGHTH IN NFL HISTORY WITH 65 TOUCHDOWNS
The Patriots scored 65 touchdowns in 2010, a total that ranks as the eighth-highest total in NFL history. New England set the league record with 75 touchdowns in 2007.
MOST TOUCHDOWNS IN A SEASON / PATRIOTS HISTORY
75 in 2007
65 in 2010
52 in 1961 and 1980
50 in 2009
49 in 2004 and 1979
MOST TOUCHDOWNS IN A SEASON / NFL HISTORY
Team Year TD
New England 2007 75
Miami 1984 70
St. Louis 2000 67
Houston Oilers 1961 66
Indianapolis 2004 66
San Francisco 1994 66
St. Louis 1999 66
New England 2010 65
Three Teams 64
PATRIOTS ON THE POINT
With a total of 38 points against the Dolphins today, the Patriots finished the season with 518 points, a total that ranks seventh in NFL history. The Patriots averaged 32.4 points per game. New England set an NFL record with 589 points in 2007.
MOST POINTS IN A SEASON / NFL HISTORY
Team Year Pts
New England 2007 589
Minnesota 1998 556
Washington 1983 541
St. Louis 2000 540
St. Louis 1999 526
Indianapolis 2004 522
New England 2010 518
Houston Oilers 1961 513
Miami 1984 513
MOST POINTS SCORED IN A SEASON BY THE PATRIOTS
589 in 2007
518 in 2010
441 in 1980
437 in 2004
HIGHEST AVERAGE POINTS PER GAME BY THE PATRIOTS
36.8 in 2007
32.4 in 2010
29.5 in 1961
27.6 in 1980
GREEN-ELLIS GOES OVER 1,000 YARDS
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis finished the 2010 season with 1,008 rushing yards, becoming the first Patriots player to top the 1,000-yard rushing mark since Corey Dillon had a team-record 1,635 rushing yards in 2004. Green-Ellis is the 11th New England player to record a 1,000-yard rushing season. Green-Ellis recorded his 1,000 yard season without fumbling the ball all year, joining Ray Rice as the only NFL backs with at least 175 rushing attempts and no fumbles this season. Green-Ellis and Rice are the first running backs to have a 1,000-yard season without a fumble since DeAngelo Williams had a 1,000-yard season without a fumble in 2008.
PATRIOTS WITH 1,000 YARDS RUSHING IN A SEASON
Player Yards Year
BenJarvus Green-Ellis 1,008 2010
Corey Dillon 1,635 2004
Antowain Smith 1,157 2001
Robert Edwards 1,115 1998
Curtis Martin 1,160 1997
Curtis Martin 1,152 1996
Curtis Martin 1,487 1995
Leonard Russell 1,088 1993
John Stephens 1,168 1988
Craig James 1,227 1985
Tony Collins 1,049 1983
Sam Cunningham 1,015 1977
Jim Nance 1,216 1967
Jim Nance 1,458 1966
EDELMAN SET A CAREER-HIGH WITH A 40-YARD RECEPTION
Julian Edelman set a career-best with his 40-yard pass reception in the first quarter, besting a 29-yard reception at the New York Jets on Sept. 20, 2009.
McCOURTY IMPROVES HIS TOTAL TO SIX INTERCEPTIONS
Rookie CB Devin McCourty improved to seven interceptions on the season with a pick in the first quarter. McCourty’s seven interceptions are the second-highest rookie total in franchise history, trailing only Mike Haynes’s eight interceptions in 1976. McCourty’s seven interceptions are the most by a Patriots player since Asante Samuel had 10 interceptions in 2006. McCourty’s total of seven interceptions is tied for sixth on the Patriots’ single-season list, trailing only Ron Hall (11 in 1964), Asante Samuel (10 in 2006), Ty Law (9 in 1998), Mike Haynes (8 in 1976) and Ronnie Lippett (8 in 1986).
MOST INTERCEPTIONS BY A PATRIOTS ROOKIE
Player Interceptions Year
Mike Haynes 8 1976
Devin McCourty 7 2010
Don Webb 5 1961
Deac Sanders 5 1974
Maurice Hurst 5 1989
PATRIOTS HAVE 25 INTERCEPTIONS
The Patriots recorded a total of 25 interceptions in 2010, tying the fourth-highest single-season total in team history. The only times the Patriots have had more interceptions in a season were in 1964 (31 interceptions), 1963 (29 interceptions) and 2003 (29 interceptions).
GRONKOWSKI SCORES TENTH TOUCHDOWN OF THE SEASON
Patriots rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski caught his 10th touchdown reception of the season on a 13-yard pass from QB Tom Brady in the first quarter. Gronkowski set a Pariots rookie record for receiving touchdowns in a season, moving past WR Jim Colclough and WR Randy Vataha, who each had nine. Gronkowski ranks second in NFL history for touchdowns by a rookie tight end. Only Mike Ditka (12) had more touchdowns as a rookie tight end. Gronkowski’s 10 touchdowns are the highest single-season total by a Patriots tight end in franchise history. Gronkowski is only the fourth Patriots player to record 10 or more touchdown receptions in a season, joining Randy Moss (3 times), Stanley Morgan (2) and Jim Colclough (1).
NFL RECORD BOOK / MOST TOUCHDOWNS BY A ROOKIE TIGHT END
Rank Player Touchdowns Year
1 Mike Ditka (CHI) 12 1961
2 Rob Gronkowski 10 2010
3 Junior Miller (ATL) 9 1980
MOST TD RECEPTIONS BY A TIGHT END / SINGLE-SEASON PATRIOTS HISTORY
Player Season TD
Rob Gronkowski 2010 10
Ben Coates 1996 9
Ben Coates 1997 8
Ben Coates 1993 8
Russ Francis 1980 8
MOST TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS BY A PATRIOTS ROOKIE
Rank Player Touchdowns Year
1 Rob Gronkowski 10 2010
2 Jim Colclough 9 1960
2 Randy Vataha 9 1971
MOST OVERALL TOUCHDOWNS BY A PATRIOTS ROOKIE
Rank Player Touchdowns Year
1 Curtis Martin 15 1995
2 Robert Edwards 12 1998
3 Rob Gronkowski 10 2010
4 Jim Colclough 9 1960
4 Randy Vataha 9 1971
GRONKOWSKI SETS CAREER-HIGH IN RECEIVING YARDS WITH FIRST 100-YARD GAME
Rob Gronkowski had his first career 100-yard receiving game, totaling 102 yards on six receptions. Gronkowski’s previous single-game best was 72 yards at Pittsburgh (11/14).
WOODHEAD SETS TEAM MARK FOR RUSHING AVERAGE
Danny Woodhead finished the season with 97 rushes for 551 yards, with his average of 5.68 yards per carry setting a new team record (minimum 90 rushing attempts). Woodhead topped Don Calhoun’s previous team mark of 5.59 yards per carry in 1976 (129 attempts for 721 yards).
MOST YARDS PER CARRY / SINGLE SEASON PATRIOTS HISTORY
(Minimum 90 rushes)
Player Year Gm Rush Yds Avg. Lg TD
D. Woodhead 2010 14 97 551 5.68 36t 5
Don Calhoun 1976 14 129 721 5.59 54 1
Mosi Tatupu 1983 16 106 578 5.45 55 4
Carl Garrett 1969 14 137 691 5.04 80t 5
Craig James 1984 15 160 790 4.94 73 1
Horace Ivory 1978 15 141 693 4.91 28 11
PATRIOTS SET TEAM RECORD WITH TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL OF +28
The Patriots set a franchise record by finishing the 2010 season with a turnover differential of +28, forcing 38 turnovers while allowing just 10 turnovers. The Patriots won the turnover battle again today, forcing a pair of Miami turnovers while turning the ball over just once. The previous Patriots’ team record for best turnover differential in a season was +17, a record which was set in 2003. The Patriots finished 13-0 in 2010 when recording a positive turnover differential. The Patriots’ turnover differential of +28 is the second-best since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, trailing only the +43 posted by the 1983 Washington Redskins.
EIGHT STRAIGHT GAMES WITH 30 POINTS TIES PATRIOTS’ OWN NFL RECORD
The Patriots scored 38 points today and tied an NFL record for most consecutive games with 30 or more points with eight straight games with 30 or more points. The 2010 Patriots tied the record also achieved by the 2007 Patriots and the 2000 St. Louis Rams. The Patriots scored 30 or more points 11 times in 2010. The Patriots set a team record by scoring 30 or more points 12 times in 2007. The Patriots are now 61-2 when scoring 30 or more points under head coach Bill Belichick.
BRADY HAS LOW INTERCEPTION PCT. IN 2010
Tom Brady threw just four interceptions on 492 attempts in 2010, for a 0.81 interception percentage. That mark is the third best in NFL history and the best among all quarterbacks in league history who had at least 250 pass attempts in their low-interception season.
NFL RECORD BOOK / LOWEST INTERCEPTION PERCENTAGE
Rank Player Int. Pct.
1 Damon Huard (KC) 2006 (244-1) 0.41
2 Joe Ferguson (BUF) 1976 (151-1) 0.66 3. Tom Brady (NE) 2010 (492-4) 0.81
4. Steve DeBerg (KC) 1990 (444-4) 0.90
BRADY EXTENDS NFL RECORD WITH AT LEAST TWO TOUCHDOWNS AND NO INTERCEPTIONS IN NINE STRAIGHT GAME
Quarterback Tom Brady extended his NFL record by throwing at least two touchdowns without an interception in each of his past nine games. Brady passed Don Meredith’s previous record of six straight games with two or more touchdowns and no interceptions (1965-66).
BRADY MOVES UP ON THE ALL-TIME YARDS LIST
Tom Brady passed Jim Hart for 19th place on the NFL’s all-time passing yardage list. Hart had 34,665 career passing yards. Brady finished the game with 34,744 career passing yards.
BRADY MOVES UP ON THE ALL-TIME TOUCHDOWN LIST
Brady’s 10-yard touchdown pass to TE Alge Crumpler was his 261st touchdown toss of his career, moving him into a tie with Dave Krieg for 10th place all time.
BRADY HAS THROWN AT LEAST ONE TOUCHDOWN PASS IN ALL 16 GAMES
Brady has thrown at least one touchdown pass in all 16 games of the 2010 season after finishing with two touchdown tosses against the Dolphins. Since the NFL went to a 16-game season in 1978, only six quarterbacks have thrown for at least one touchdown in each game.
QBS WITH A LEAST ONE TD PASS IN All 16 GAMES IN A SEASON
(16-GAME SCHEDULE WAS INSTITUTED IN 1978)
Tom Brady (New England) 2010
Daunte Culpepper (Minnesota) 2004
Brett Favre (Green Bay) 2003
Kurt Warner (St. Louis) 1999
Dan Marino (Miami) 1986
Dave Krieg (Seattle) 1984
Dan Marino (Miami) 1984
BRADY HAS 12th GAME WITH TWO OR MORE TOUCHDOWNS IN 2010
Brady had his ninth straight game with two or more touchdowns. Brady had his 12th game with two or more touchdowns overall in 2010. He has had four 3-touchdown games and two 4-toucdown games in 2010. The Patriots are 70-12 when he throws for two or more touchdowns in a game. Brady had 14 games with two or more touchdowns in 2007.
BRADY FINISHES WITH NFL’S 5th-BEST SINGLE-SEASON PASSER RATING
Tom Brady’s 2010 season will go down as one of the best seasons by a quarterback in NFL history. Brady finished the year with a passer rating of 111.0, a mark that stands as the fifth best all-time. Brady’s 2010 season trails only Peyton Manning’s 2004 season, Brady’s 2007 season, Steve Young’s 1994 season and Joe Montana’s 1989 season on the all-time passer rating list. Brady is the only player to have two entries in the league’s list of the top five single-season passer ratings.
TOP SINGLE-SEASON PASSER RATINGS / NFL HISTORY
Player Season Passer Rtg.
Peyton Manning 2004 121.1
Tom Brady 2007 117.2
Steve Young 1994 112.8
Joe Montana 1989 112.4
Tom Brady 2010 111.0
BRADY EXTENDS NFL RECORD FOR MOST CONSEC. ATTEMPTS WITHOUT AN INTERCEPTION
Tom Brady extended his NFL-record interception-free streak to 335 consecutive pass attempts without an interception. Brady eclipsed Bernie Kosar’s previous record of 308 attempts without an interception last week in Buffalo. Brady’s previous personal record was 183 consecutive pass attempts without an interception (set in 2009). Brady’s 335 pass attempts without an interception stretches from the overtime period vs. Baltimore (10/17) through today’s win over Miami. Brady’s last interception was on the last play of regulation vs. Baltimore (10/17). Brady has had previous streaks with 183, 175 and 173 consecutive pass attempts without an interception. Brady has thrown 26 touchdowns since his last interception.
MOST CONSECUTIVE PASS ATTEMPTS WITHOUT AN INTERCEPTION / NFL HISTORY
335 Tom Brady (Patriots) 2010
308 Bernie Kosar (Cleveland) 1990-91
294 Bart Starr (Green Bay) 1964-65
279 Jeff George (IND/ATL) 1993-94
277 Rich Gannon (Oakland) 2001
271 Jason Campbell (Washington) 2007-08
HOYER HAS FIRST NFL TOUCHDOWN PASS
Backup QB Brian Hoyer’s 44-yard touchdown pass to WR Brandon Tate in the third quarter was his first NFL touchdown pass. Hoyer scored his first NFL touchdown last season on a 1-yard run vs. Tennessee on Oct. 18, 2009.
PATRIOTS END STREAK AT SEVEN GAMES WITHOUT A TURNOVER
The Patriots had a turnover against Miami, ending an NFL-record streak of seven straight games without a turnover. No other NFL team had gone longer than four straight games without a turnover. The Patriots lost a fumble early in the first quarter against Miami. It was the Patriots’ first turnover since an interception at Cleveland (11/7).
BENJARVUS GREEN-ELLIS SCORES 13th RUSHING TOUCHDOWN OF THE SEASON.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored his 13th rushing touchdown of the season on a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Green-Ellis’s 13 rushing touchdowns are tied for the second highest rushing touchdown total by a Patriots player, trailing only two 14-touchdown seasons by Curtis Martin (1995 and 1996). Corey Dillon also had a 13-touchdown season in 2006. Green-Ellis is the first undrafted rookie to score 10 or more rushing touchdowns in a season for the Patriots. He is the eighth player in team history to record double digit rushing touchdowns in a season.
PATRIOTS WITH 10+ RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS IN A SEASON
Player Touchdowns Year
Curtis Martin 14 1996
Curtis Martin 14 1995
BenJarvus Green-Ellis 13 2010
Corey Dillon 13 2006
Corey Dillon 12 2005
Corey Dillon 12 2004
Antowain Smith 12 2001
Steve Grogan 12 1976
Horace Ivory 11 1978
Jim Nance 11 1966
Tony Collins 10 1983
MOST OVERALL TOUCHDOWNS IN A SEASON / PATRIOTS HISTORY
Player Touchdowns Year
Randy Moss (23 receiving) 23 2007
Curtis Martin (14 rushing, 3 receiving) 17 1996
Curtis Martin (14 rushing, 1 receiving) 15 1995
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (13 rushing) 13 2010
Randy Moss (13 receiving) 13 2009
Corey Dillon (13 rushing) 13 2006
Corey Dillon (12 rushing, 1 receiving) 13 2005
Corey Dillon (12 rushing, 1 receiving) 13 2004
Steve Grogan (12 rushing, 1 fumble) 13 1976
Stanley Morgan (12 receiving, 1 return) 13 1979
Antowain Smith (12 rushing, 1 rec.) 13 2001
PATRIOTS HAVE NINE NON-OFFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS IN 2010 TO TIE TEAM RECORD
The Patriots have scored nine touchdowns that were not offensive touchdowns in 2010, tying a team record set in 1961 for most non-offensive touchdowns in a season. The Patriots returned four interceptions for a touchdown, returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, scored on one fumble return, blocked one field goal that was returned for a touchdown and scored on a punt return. The nine non-offensive touchdowns are second in the NFL to Arizona, who scored on 12 non-offensive touchdowns entering Week 17 play. The Patriots also had 9 non-offensive touchdowns in 1961 (2 kickoff returns, 2 interception returns, 2 blocked punts returned and 3 fumble returns). The NFL record for most non-offensive touchdowns is 13 by Seattle in 1998.
PATRIOTS NON-OFFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS IN 2010
DATE GAME TOUCHDOWN
09/12 Cincinnati Gary Guyton 59-yard interception return
09/12 Cincinnati Brandon Tate 97-yard kickoff return
10/4 at Miami Brandon Tate 103-yard kickoff return
10/4 at Miami Kyle Arrington 35-yard return of a blocked field goal
10/4 at Miami Patrick Chung 51-yard interception return
11/14 at Pittsburgh James Sanders 32-yard interception return
12/12 at Chicago Gary Guyton 35-yard fumble return
12/19 Green Bay Kyle Arrington 36-yard interception return
1/02 Miami Julian Edelman 94-yard punt return
LB ROB NINKOVICH HAS FIRST CAREER TWO-SACK GAME
LB Rob Ninkovich was credited with his first NFL two-sack game. Ninkovich sacked Tyler Thigpen for a 3-yard loss in the second quarter and hit Thigpen for an 8-yard loss in the fourth quarter.
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