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September 13, 2011 2:14 PM

Brady demolishes Dolphins

BRADY.bmpMonday night was another embarrassing effort by the Dolphins' defense against New England.

In front of a national audience on ESPN, Brady did his best Dan Marino impersonation, carving up the Dolphins secondary for 517 yards and four touchdowns on 32 completions in 48 attempts, and New England rolled to a 38-24 victory.


It was the fifth-highest yardage total in league history, right behind Marino's 522 yards in 1988. And for Dolphins fans, it was an unwelcome flashback to the Marino days, when he routinely demolished opposing defenses, only to be undone by his own.

Brady picked on Sean Smith and Vontae Davis most of the night, and when they left the game with cramps, he feasted on Bennie Sapp and Nolan Carroll.

Safety help was nowhere to be found, as Reshad Jones was often late helping over the top, particularly when Brady fired a perfect pass to Wes Welker from his 1-yardline, and Welker eluded Sapp for a record-tying 99-yard TD.

Welker caught eight passes for 160 yards and two scores, while the Rob Gronkowski/Aaron Hernandez duo torched Dolphins defenders for nearly 200 combined yards and two more TDs, as New England racked up an unfathomable 622 yards of total offense.

Chad Henne did his best to keep up, setting his own personal record with 416 passing yards and two passing TDs on 30 of 49 passing. Henne also ran for Miami's first score of the game.

But he couldn't match Brady's surgical precision, and what were the Dolphins doing lining up in the shotgun on fourth-and-goal from inside the 1 to attempt a fade pass?

If you can't get half-a-yard with Henne following blockers or Lex Hilliard blasting it in, then you don't deserve to win.

The Dolphins didn't establish a consistent running attack, which was no surprise, as Reggie Bush did most of his damage catching the ball with nine receptions for 56 yards and a TD.

The Dolphins secondary won't have much of a breather either, as the Houston Texans and Andre Johnson come to Sun Life Stadium next week. If the secondary plays the way it did against New England, Miami will be looking at an 0-2 hole, and the calls will begin for Tony Sparano's dismissal.

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