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From the archives | 2008

Patriots embarrassed by Dolphins at home

FOXBOROUGH - Before yesterday’s game, if you were told that rookie quarterbacks Kevin O’Connell (Patriots) and Chad Henne (Miami Dolphins) would be on the field in the fourth quarter, the safe assumption would have been that the Patriots had routed the Dolphins. But as the Patriots learned yesterday, in a Tom Brady-less world there are no safe assumptions or walkthrough wins.

No, the Patriots (2-1) were not the routers yesterday; they were the routed, pummeled, 38-13, by Miami at Gillette Stadium, as the Dolphins put on a stunning display of offensive and defensive dominance that left the Foxborough Faithful scrambling for the exits midway through the fourth quarter and delivered Tony Sparano’s first NFL head coaching victory.

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