The New England Patriots made history last night. For the first time in the NFL's 90-year span, a team scored touchdowns on a run, a pass, a kickoff return, a blocked field goal and an interception return.
The Patriots who helped etch New England in NFL history were safety Patrick Chung, with two blocks on special teams (on a punt and field goal attempt--both resulting in Pats points) and a returned interception score, receiver Brandon Tate, who ran a 103-yard kickoff return that sparked his team early in the third quarter, outside linebacker Rob Ninkovich, with two first-half interceptions and a second-half sack on Dolphins QB Chad Henne, and inside linebacker Jerod Mayo, who recorded 16 tackles on the night.
Quarterback Tom Brady, who was 19-for-24 passing over 153 yards, also made history last night becoming the fastest NFL QB to record 100 wins, 11th overall.
Former Patriot Willie McGinest offers an analysis on the state of New England's defense, coming up big last night, but overall still coming into their own.
"[The Patriots defensive strategy] is a great system," McGinest said on ESPN's "Chalk Talk" session. "But you've got to have great players to play in that system, and talented players. In that system, it calls for guys to do a lot of different jobs. And they've got guys now where it's hard enough for them to do one thing right.
"A lot of us were interchangeable in that linebacking crew. And the DBs were interchangeable, so we could do a lot of different things and substitute, move around, disguise, have one guy take another guy's job. It doesn't seem like [the current Patriots defense] have that continuity on that side of the ball, or that interchangeability with the players. Guys are having a hard enough time now doing what they're supposed to do."
Read the full story in the Boston Globe.