Patriots replay: Breaking down Week 15
The ending was similar to the Panthers' game, when no pass interference was called in the end zone.
Dannell Ellerbe clearly had his hands wrapped around Michael Hoomanawanui in the end zone and prevented him from going up and getting the football.
Keep it contained
The Patriots were also adamant about not letting the Dolphins' speedy running backs beat them around the edge.
Look at how wide Chandler Jones (right)and Rob Ninkovich (left) played, practically begging the Dolphins to run the ball up the middle.
One thing the Dolphins did well was disguise the defense before the snap.
Here we see the Dolphins put 10 defenders on the line of scrimmage. In some cases they would bring a blitz, and in others they would drop off into coverage.
It created confusion along the Patriots' offensive line, as we see Derrick Shelby (79) coming in untouched to force Tom Brady to get rid of the ball quickly.
Attacking the Fins
The Dolphins have a new left guard in Sam Brenner, and the Patriots went right after him.The Dolphins have a new left guard in Sam Brenner, and the Patriots went right after him.The Dolphins have a new left guard in Sam Brenner, and the Patriots went right after him.
One tactic the Patriots used repeatedly was for Chandler Jones (circled)to come in off the edge and slam into Brenner from the side, allowing the defensive tackle to have a free release on the quarterback, like Sealver Siliga did on this fourth-quarter sack.