In-game notes, courtesy of the Patriots media relations department:
SINGLE-HALF SCORING RECORD
The Patriots scored 42 points in the first half, marking the highest point output in any half in franchise history. The previous single-half record was 41 points, achieved on Oct. 29, 1978 in the first half of the Patriots’ 55-21 victory over the New York Jets at Schaefer Stadium. New England led that game 41-7 at halftime and led today’s game against the Dolphins 42-7 at the half.
BRADY: FIVE TOUCHDOWN PASSES IN FIRST HALF
Tom Brady threw five touchdown passes in the first half, tying the single-game franchise record that he also achieved last week against Dallas. The five-touchdown game is the second of Brady’s career and ties the franchise record also achieved by Steve Grogan on Sept. 9, 1979 and by Vito “Babe” Parilli on two occasions – on Oct. 15, 1967 and on Nov. 15, 1964. 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). Brady’s five first-half scoring passes raised his season total to 26 touchdown tosses with just two interceptions, with his touchdown total just two shy of his career high of 28, achieved in 2002 and 2004.
MOSS SCORES NINTH AND 10TH TOUCHDOWNS OF SEASON
Randy Moss caught first-half touchdown passes of 35 and 50 yards, giving him 10 touchdowns this season and making him the first Patriot to catch 10 or more touchdowns in a single season since Stanley Morgan in 1986. The two-touchdown game was Moss’s fourth of the season and raised his career total to 111 touchdown receptions.
Tom Brady completed each of his first 11 pass attempts of the game for 220 yards and four touchdowns, good for a perfect 158.3 passer rating. His first incompletion of the game was thrown away under pressure with 5:23 left in the first half. Brady had a perfect 158.3 rating at halftime, completing 16-of-19 passes for 291 yards and five touchdowns.
STALLWORTH SCORES FOR THIRD STRAIGHT WEEK
Donte’ Stallworth gave the Patriots a 7-0 lead with a 30-yard touchdown catch from Tom Brady to cap off the Patriots’ opening drive. The touchdown reception was Stallworth’s third of the season and marked his third consecutive game with a scoring catch. Against Miami, Stallworth spun around a pair of defenders on the way to the end zone as he gained 25 yards after the catch. He caught a touchdown of 30 or more yards for the third week in a row – he also caught a 34-yard touchdown against Cleveland on Oct. 7 and hauled in a 69-yard score against Dallas on Oct. 14.
BRADY-TO-BRADY FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK
Tom Brady lofted a 2-yard touchdown toss to tight end Kyle Brady with 4:28 remaining in the first quarter to give the Patriots a 14-0 lead. The touchdown reception was Kyle Brady’s second of the season and was the 25th of his career. Kyle Brady also scored against Dallas on Oct. 14 and has scored touchdowns in back-to-back games for the second time in his 13-year NFL career. He also caught touchdowns in consecutive contests in 2002 while playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
WILLIE ANDREWS KICKOFF RETURN FOR TOUCHDOWN
Willie Andrews returned a kickoff 74 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to give the Patriots a 21-7 lead. The touchdown came on Andrews’ second career kickoff return, with his only previous kickoff return coming on Oct. 1 at Cincinnati. The kickoff return for a touchdown was the second of the season for the Patriots, with Ellis Hobbs returning a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown on Sept. 9 against the New York Jets. This season marks the second time in team history and the first time since 1961 that the Patriots have had two different players return a kickoff for a touchdown in the same season. In 1961, Ron Burton and Larry Garron each returned kickoffs for touchdowns during the second season in franchise history. Andrews is the 14th player in Patriots history to return a kickoff for a touchdown and his return against the Dolphins was the 21st kickoff return for a touchdown in Patriots history. Later in the first half, Andrews added to his special teams exploits when he downed a Chris Hanson punt on the Dolphins’ 1-yard line.
SCORING OFF TURNOVERS
Ty Warren recovered a Cleo Lemon fumble at the Miami 28-yard line in the first quarter, setting up a six-play, 28-yard drive that ended in a 2-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Kyle Brady and a 14-0 Patriots lead with 4:28 remaining in the first quarter. The fumble recovery was the fourth of the season for the Patriots and was the third of Warren’s career. Following Kyle Brady’s touchdown, the Patriots had scored 52 points off of 13 opponent turnovers.
The Patriots scored first, taking a 7-0 lead on a 30-yard touchdown reception by Donte’ Stallworth in the first quarter. New England has scored on its opening drive in each game this season, totaling four touchdowns and three field goals. New England has scored first in each of its seven games this season and has achieved the feat in 10 straight regular season and playoff games dating back to Jan. 7, 2007.