New England Patriots Links 10/05/10 - Defense, Special Teams Run Up The Score In Huge Win

Game Notes from the New England Patriots win over Miami.

TOM BRADY WINS HIS 100 GAME

Tom Brady won his 100th game as a starter. He is the 11th NFL quarterback to register 100 wins as a starting quarterback. Brett Favre has the most wins with 182. Brady reached the milestone in the fewest number of starts (131) among quarterbacks who began their careers in the Super Bowl era (since 1966).

AN NFL FIRST

The Patriots became the first team in NFL history to score a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown, a kickoff return for a touchdown, a blocked field goal for a touchdown and return an interception for a touchdown in the same game.

WEEI offers a recap of Bill Belichick's post-game comments after the win.

"No, I wasn’t that surprised, but I guess everybody else is," said Belichick when asked if he was surprised his team was able to put up 35 second-half points. "You make plays, you score points. You don’t make it, you don’t score them." After pointing out that the Patriots have now won three of their last four games in Miami, Belichick continued, "I think our team is confident we can win. I know we don’t do it every time, but we think we can."

"It’s a good day for fantasy football," Belichick joked.

The Patriots’ coach cracked a smile earlier in his post-game press conference when asked about the performance of his special teams, which was led by Patrick Chung (blocked punt and field goal) and Brandon Tate (kickoff return for a touchdown).

"Thought they were alright," joked Belichick. "No, it was a great effort. Those guys really work hard. They work hard every week in practice. Scott O’Brien goes through a lot of little things and they do a great job of preparing. I was really happy with the success they had tonight. The plays they made tonight helped our team. Those kids worked hard. They deserved it."

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