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Ridley goes over 1,000 yard on the season

Stevan Ridley scored the first touchdown of the game for the Patriots.

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Stevan Ridley scored the first touchdown of the game for the Patriots.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Stevan Ridley ran 19 times for 71 yards against the Dolphins Sunday, topping the 1,000-yard mark for the season in just his second year in the league.

“Breaking 1,000 yards is a great accomplishment,” said Ridley. I’m very thankful. I’ve worked hard, the offensive’s line’s working hard. And I’d say in a million years I never thought I’d be here. But I’m here now, and dreams can be accomplished.”

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Flashing a big smile, Ridley said, “A thousand yards is pretty impressive, I have to say.”

Ridley said he was also impressed with his team’s clock-killing, 16-play, 77-yard drive that essentially put the game away. Ridley took a handoff from Tom Brady on the first play of that drive and ran for a tough three yards as Dolphins defenders tried to rip the ball from his hands, dragging him seven or eight yards to the sideline.

“Fourth quarter, that clock’s winding down, you’ve got a lead, you’ve got to close out the game,” said Ridley, who had 46 of his yard on the drive, which chewed up 7:18 on the clock. “That’s the time you have to go out there and make sure you hold onto the football. You have to run the ball well, you have to make sure you get positive yardage. I didn’t do it by myself.”

On his offensive line, Ridley said, “They just keep fighting. That’s all you can ask of an offensive line is to keep fighting until the end. That last drive it finally opened up for us. That offensive line’s working hard.”

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