Some final game notes, courtesy of the Patriots' media relations staff:
7-0 FOR FIRST TIME IN TEAM HISTORY
With today’s victory, the Patriots are 7-0 for the first time in team history. The previous team record for consecutive victories to start a season was six, achieved in 2004.
RECORD RUN TO BEGIN SEASON
The Patriots won today’s game by 21 points and have become the first team in NFL history to win each of its first seven games by 17 points or more. The previous record-holder was the 1999 St. Louis Rams, who won their first six games by 17 points or more and lost in their seventh game. New England has won by 24, 24, 31, 21, 17, 21 and 21 points this season.
POINT OUTPUT IS HIGHEST SINCE 1984
The Patriots scored 49 points against the Dolphins today, marking the sixth-highest single-game point total in franchise history and the highest since a 50-17 victory over Indianapolis on Nov. 18, 1984. The Patriots’ single-game franchise record is 56 points, achieved in a 56-3 win over the New York Jets on Sept. 9, 1979. Including its 48-point output last week against Dallas, New England’s two-game total of 97 points is the highest in franchise history, topping the previous record of 88 points (achieved from 10/22-29/1978 and from 11/11-18/1984).
BRADY: PERFECT PASSER RATING
Tom Brady achieved a perfect passer rating of 158.3, completing 21-of-25 passes for 354 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions. The perfect passer rating was the first of Brady’s career, topping his previous career high rating of 150.9, achieved on Sept. 23, 2007 against Buffalo. Brady’s perfect passer rating is the first by a member of the Patriots since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
BRADY: FRANCHISE-RECORD SIX TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Tom Brady threw six touchdown passes, setting a new single-game franchise record and becoming the first NFL player to throw six touchdowns in a game since Peyton Manning did it on Nov. 25, 2004. The NFL record for most touchdown passes in a game is seven, achieved five times, most recently by Joe Kapp of the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 28, 1969. The Patriots’ previous single-game record was five touchdown passes, achieved four times, most recently by Brady last week against the Dallas Cowboys. Steve Grogan also had five touchdown passes on Sept. 9, 1979 and Vito “Babe” Parilli did it on two occasions – on Oct. 15, 1967 and on Nov. 15, 1964. Brady’s six scoring passes raised his season total to 27 touchdown tosses with just two interceptions, with his touchdown total just one shy of his career high of 28, achieved in 2002 and 2004. Brady is the first NFL player to have five or more touchdowns in consecutive games since 2004, when Daunte Culpepper threw five touchdowns on Oct. 10, 2004 and on Oct. 17, 2004.
BRADY ADDS TO RECORD
Tom Brady has added to his NFL record by throwing at least three touchdowns in each of the season’s first seven games. The previous NFL record for most games of three or more touchdown passes to begin a season was five (Steve Young, 1998).
WELKER SCORES FOURTH AND FIFTH TOUCHDOWNS OF SEASON
Wes Welker caught two touchdown passes against his old team, marking his second consecutive game with two touchdown receptions. Welker hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady with 25 seconds remaining in the first half to make the score 42-7 and caught a 16-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to make the score 49-21. The touchdowns were Welker’s fourth and fifth of the season and raised his career total to six. Last week against Dallas, Welker had his first career two-touchdown game.
HARRISON IS CHARTER MEMBER OF 30/30 CLUB
Rodney Harrison sacked Cleo Lemon for a 10-yard loss in the third quarter, raising his career total to 30.5 sacks. Coupled with his 32 interceptions, Harrison is the first player in NFL history to record at least 30 sacks and at least 30 interceptions in his career. Sacks became an official NFL statistic in 1982. Harrison is the NFL’s all-time leader in sacks by a defensive back (30.5). Carnell Lake ranks second among NFL defensive backs with 25.0 career sacks.
TWO 100-YARD RECEIVERS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK
Two Patriots broke the 100-yard receiving mark, with Wes Welker totaling 138 yards on nine receptions and Randy Moss totaling 122 yards on four catches. Both players scored two touchdowns. Moss’s 100-yard game was his fifth of the season and Welker’s 100-yard effort was his second of the season (and his second in as many weeks). Including Donte’ Stallworth’s 136-yard effort against Dallas last week and Benjamin Watson’s 107-yard game against Cleveland on Oct. 7, the Patriots have had nine 100-yard receivers in seven games this season. Against Miami, the Patriots had two 100-yard receivers for the second straight week. The Patriots have had at least one 100-yard receiver in all seven games this season.
RANDALL GAY INTERCEPTION
Randall Gay intercepted a Cleo Lemon pass in the end zone in the third quarter, recording his second interception of the season and the fourth interception of his career. Gay also picked off Cincinnati’s Carson Palmer on Oct. 1.