The New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins are currently in a shootout down in South Florida: the Patriots went up twice but the home team came back to re-take the lead twice. The second of New England’s touchdowns saw quarterback Tom Brady set a new record for most combined regular season and postseason touchdown passes in a career — and it was set up by contributions in all three phases.
First, linebacker Dont’a Hightower registered a 9-yard sack of Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill to set up a punt:
Hightower ate Ryan Tannehillpic.twitter.com/ntT2xeKiNl— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 9, 2018
The kick, however, never made it down the field as it was blocked by recently signed Patriots special teamer Albert McClellan and caught by Ramon Humber:
With the Patriots taking over in prime field position, the team needed just five plays to find the end zone for the second time. On 3rd and goal from the 2-yard line, Brady connected with Julian Edelman:
The touchdown, which came on the same route as the game winner in Super Bowl 49, put the Patriots up 13-7. Miami took the lead again just two plays later, though.