Game Notes: Patriots tie Indianapolis for most regular-season wins in a decade

TEAM NOTES

  • Patriots tie Indianapolis for most regular-season wins in a decade
  • Patriots stop two-game losing streak at Miami
  • Patriots off to 2-0 record for 15th time in team history and 10th time under Belichick
  • Patriots have not allowed a first half TD in four straight games (incl. 2018 postseason)
  • Patriots earn 27th shutout and fifth against Miami
  • Patriots score two defensive touchdown for first time since 2013
  • Patriots return two interceptions for touchdowns in same game for first time since 2012
  • James White becomes 16th RB to reach 20 career touchdown receptions since 1970
  • White is the third running back to reach 20 touchdown receptions in first six seasons

PATRIOTS MATCH MARK FOR MOST REGULAR-SEASON WINS IN A DECADE

The Patriots picked up their second win of the 2019 season and their 114th regular-season win of this decade (2010-present), tying the Indianapolis Colts (2000-09) for the most regular season wins in a single decade. The Patriots hold the mark for most total wins in a decade with 131 (2010-present).

PATRIOTS EARN 27TH SHUTOUT AND 10TH UNDER BELICHICK

The Patriots earned their 27th shutout in franchise history, 10th under Bill Belichick and their first since 2016, when they shutout Houston, 27-0, on Sept. 22, 2016. It marked their fifth shutout of Miami and first since a 28-0 win in 2012.

PATRIOTS START 2-0 FOR 15TH TIME IN TEAM HISTORY AND 10TH TIME UNDER BELICHICK

The Patriots own 2-0 record for 15th time in team history and 10th time under Bill Belichick

(1964, 1974, 1986, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016).

LOSING STREAK OVER

The Patriots snapped a two-game losing streak in Miami with the win.

PATRIOTS RETURN TWO PICKS FOR TOUCHDOWNS

The Patriots returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the fourth quarter – a 54-yard interception return by CB Stephon Gilmore and a 69-yard interception return by LB Jamie Collins. It marked the 10th time that the Patriots have returned two picks for scores in the same game and the first time they have done so since returning two picks for scores vs. Indianapolis on Nov. 18, 2012.

PATRIOTS HAVE TWO DEFENSIVE SCORES IN SAME GAME FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2013

The two interceptions returned for touchdowns marked the first the Patriots have scored two defensive touchdowns in the same game since a win at Baltimore on Dec. 22, 2013, when DL Chandler Jones scored on a fumble return and DB Tavon Wilson returned a pick for a score.

PATRIOTS HAVE TOP DIVISIONAL RECORD SINCE 2001

The Patriots improved to an 87-24 (.784) record in regular-season AFC East games since 2001, the best intra-divisional record in the NFL.

NFL’S TOP DIVISIONAL RECORDS SINCE 2001

Team W L T Pct.

New England 87 24 0 .784

Pittsburgh 79 32 1 .710

Indianapolis 77 34 0 .694

Green Bay 74 36 2 .670

PATRIOTS DO NOT ALLOW A TD IN THIRD STRAIGHT GAME

The Patriots have not allowed a touchdown in three straight games, dating back to Super Bowl LIII. It is the first time in team history that the team has gone three straight games without allowing a touchdown. The Patriots beat the LA Rams in Super Bowl LIII, 13-3, and defeated Pittsburgh in the season opener, 33-3.

PATRIOTS EXTEND TO 12 QUARTERS WITHOUT ALOWING A TOUCHDOWN

The Patriots have not allowed a touchdown 12 straight quarters, dating back to Super Bowl LIII, the most in team history. The last time the Patriots had gone 10 straight quarters without allowing a touchdown was in 2016.

PATRIOTS SHUT OUT OPPONENT IN FIRST HALF FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT GAME

The Patriots have not allowed a first half point in four straight games, after holding Miami to zero points in the first half. The Patriots took a 14-0 first half lead in the AFC Championship Game vs. Kansas City (1/20/19), a 3-0 lead in Super Bowl LIII vs. LA Rams (2/3/19) and a 20-0 lead vs. Pittsburgh (9/8/19) in the season opener. It is the first time that has happened in team history. The Patriots had a three-game stretch with no first half points allowed in 1977. The Patriots accomplished the feat from Nov. 20, 1977 at Buffalo, Nov. 27, 1977 vs. Philadelphia and Dec. 4, 1977 at Atlanta.

PATRIOTS HANG 40 POINTS

The Patriots scored 43 points in the win over Miami. It was the seventh time in team history that the team has scored 40 or more points against Miami. It was the club’s third-highest scoring total against the Dolphins, behind the 49 points on Oct. 21, 2007 and 48 points on Nov. 23, 2008.

PATRIOTS SCORE 30 OR MORE POINTS IN FIRST TWO GAMES OF 2019

The Patriots have now opened the 2019 season with 30 or more points in the first two games of the year. It marks the seventh time in team history, fourth time under Bill Belichick and first time since 2011 that the Patriots have opened the season by scoring at least 30 points in the first two games of the season.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

BELICHICK COACHES A TEAM THAT DOES NOT ALLOW A TD IN THREE-GAME STRETCH;

SECOND TIME AS A HEAD COACH HE HAS ACCOMPLISHED THE FEAT

Bill Belichick has led the Patriots to three straight games without allowing a touchdown, dating back to Super Bowl LIII and the first two games of the 2019 season. It marks the second time he has accomplished the feat as a head coach. In 1992 while head coach of Cleveland, he led a three-game stretch when the Browns did not allow a touchdown.

GILMORE HAS FIRST CAREER PICK SIX

CB Stephen Gilmore picked off Miami QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter and returned the interception 54 yards for his first career touchdown. It was the Patriots first pick six since DB Devin McCourty returned a pick 84 yards for a touchdown at Buffalo on Oct. 29, 2018.

COLLINS HAS FIRST CAREER PICK SIX; SECOND CAREER TOUCHDOWN

LB Jamie Collins returned a pick 69 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was his second career touchdown but first career interception return for a score. He returned a fumble 14 yards for a touchdown at the Jets on Dec. 27, 2015.

BRADY HAS THROWN TOUCHDOWN PASSES TO 72 DIFFERENT PLAYERS;

EXTENDS MARK FOR MOST TD TARGETS BY A QB

Tom Brady connected with WR Antonio Brown on a 20-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Brady has now thrown a touchdown pass to 72 different players in the regular season, extending his record for most touchdown targets by an NFL quarterback.

Most Touchdown Targets by an NFL Quarterback

QUARTERBACK TD TARGETS

Tom Brady 72

Vinny Testaverde 70

Steve DeBerg 62

Brett Favre 61

Brady wins 23RD game against Miami

Brady earned his 23rd regular-season victory against the Dolphins, improving his career record as a starter to 23-11 (.676) vs. Miami. He is the only quarterback in NFL history to have more than 20 wins against three different teams.

Most WINS BY A STARTING QUARTERBACK

AGAINST AN OPPONENT

Player Wins Opponent

Tom Brady 30 Buffalo

Tom Brady 27 N.Y. Jets

Brett Favre 26 Detroit

Tom Brady 23 Miami

Brett Favre 23 Chicago

Ben Roethlisberger 23 Cincinnati

Ben Roethlisberger 22 Cleveland

Dan Marino 22 Indianapolis

EDELMAN MOVES INTO THE TOP FIVE IN PATS LIST FOR ALL-PURPOSE YARDS

WR Julian Edelman’s 8-yard reception from Tom Brady in the first quarter moved him past Irving Fryar for fifth all-time on the New England all-purpose yards list. He entered the game needing 5 yards to move past Fryar.

MOST ALL-PURPOSE YARDS IN PATRIOTS HISTORY

Player Yards

Kevin Faulk 12,339

Stanley Morgan 11,468

Troy Brown 11,106

Wes Welker 9,070

Julian Edelman 8,512

Irving Fryar 8,464

RB JAMES WHITE LEADS ALL RUNNING BACKS IN TD RECEPTIONS SINCE 2015;

BECOMES 16TH RUNNING BACK SINCE 1970 TO REACH 20 TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS

White became the 16th NFL running back to reach 20 career touchdown receptions since the 1970 merger after his 10-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Most Receiving Touchdowns by a Patriots Running Back

Larry Garron 26

James White 20

Kevin Faulk 15

Tony Collins 12

WHITE IS THE THIRD RUNNING BACK TO RECH 20 TD RECEPTIONS IN FIRST SIX SEASONS

White is the third NFL running back to reach 20 touchdown receptions in his first six seasons, joining Chuck Foreman of Minnesota and Brian Westbrook of Philadelphia.

NFL Running Backs with 20 Receiving TDS in First Six Seasons

Player Team Receiving TDs

Chuck Foreman Minnesota 23

Brain Westbrook Philadelphia 23

James White Patriots 20

TE MATT LACOSSE CATCHES FIRST PASS OF THE SEASON

TE Matt LaCosse caught his first pass of the season and his first as a member of the Patriots on a 10-yard reception from Tom Brady late in the second quarter.

DB DEVIN MCCOURTY MOVES PAST SAMUEL FOR 10TH ALL-TIME IN TEAM INTERCEPTIONS.

DB Devin McCourty had an interception in his second straight game and moved out of a tie with Asante Samuel for sole possession of 10th place on the franchise’s all-time interception list with 23 career interceptions. It I the first time he has had back-to-back games with an interception since the 2012 season.

ANTONIO BROWN EXTENDS HIS RECEPTION STREAK TO 130 GAMES

WR Antonio Brown extended his streak to 130 consecutive games with at least one reception with his first catch as a Patriot, an 18-yard reception from Tom Brady in the first quarter. It is the second longest active streak in the NFL to the 228 by Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals.

LINEUP NOTES

FOUR VETERAN PLAYERS MAKE THER PATRIOTS DEBUT

WR Antinio Brown, OL Korey Cunningham, TE Matt LaCosse and OL Marshall Newhouse made their Patriots debuts. Newhouse was in the starting lineup at right tackle in place of the injured Marcus Cannon, while LaCosse started at tight end. He was active but did not play last week.

DL BYRON COWART MAKES HIS NFL DEBUT

2019 fifth-round draft pick DL Byron Cowert made his NFL debut in a reserve role after being inactive for the season opener.

LB KLYE VAN NOY RETURNS TO THE STARTING LINEUP AFTER MISSING THE OPENER

LB Kyle Van Noy returned to the starting lineup after missing the season opener vs. Pittsburgh.

WR MATTHEW SLATER SAW ACTION ON OFFENSE

WR Matthew Slater was utilized on offense for some goal-line plays.

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