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Examination of Miami's offensive stats Monday night

So the win last night felt great, yet the defense seemed to let up at the end and almost allowed the Dolphins back into the game. I wanted to take a look at Miami's drive stats and see what was up, since I also felt that the defense looked good for a good portion of the night. Some of you may see I posted this in a few comments of a post-game thread, but I wanted to put it all in one place in case anyone was interested.

Chad Henne passed for 416 yards last night. However, 181 of those came on the Dolphins' final 4 possessions, the first of which began with 11:02 remaining in the 4th quarter and following a touchdown which puts the Patriots ahead 31-17. Henne did look very good at times, though, and in my opinion could be a far more motivated player following some of the things said about him this offseason.

Miami had 13 possessions, including a kneel down to end the first half. So out of 12 real possessions, they mounted 5 drives of more than 60 yards (the others were 31 yards or fewer). Of those 5 long drives, 3 came with less than 9 minutes to play in the game. They accounted for 213 yards but produced only 1 TD (4th down stop a half-yard line and Arrington INT at the end).

Prior to that point, Miami mounted drives of 84 and 87 yards, resulting in a TD and a FG. Those were their first possession of the game and their second possession of the third quarter. Their first possession of the second half came off the interception which set up a TD “drive” inside the Patriots’ 10 yard line. 6 of Miami’s first 9 substantive possessions ended with a punt.

What this all means is that if that INT doesn’t happen and our defense doesn’t lay off in the late 4th Quarter, this is a 38-10 game. Miami’s offensive stats came largely in garbage time. Belichick will no doubt emphasize the importance of playing a full 60 minute game this week in preparation for San Diego. If ever there was a game in which minimizing mistakes and capitalizing on those of your opponent could prove the difference, it would be against the Chargers.

The views expressed in these FanPosts are not necessarily those of the writers or SBNation.

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