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Added September 13th, 2011 by Chalk

Brady Throws For 517 Yards As Patriots Light Up Dolphins

Quarterback Tom Brady set a New England Patriots franchise record with 517 yards passing in a 38-24 win over the Miami Dolphins in the first Monday Night Football game of the season. Despite throwing for the fifth-most yards ever in a NFL game, Brady still found fault with his offense’s performance at times, and New England didn’t go ahead for good until nearly midway through the third quarter.

“It’s a fine line between putting pressure on a defense and playing out of control,” said Brady, who also threw four touchdown passes and one interception. “I thought at times we did both, and you never really want to play out of control on offense. It was a good pace at times but other times they adjusted to it. … I enjoy scoring points. Whatever the hell we need to do to score points, that’s what I enjoy doing.

The Patriots finally broke the game open in the fourth when Brady connected with wide receiver Wes Welker on a 99-yard catch-and-run touchdown that gave New England a 21-point lead with 5:44 left in the game. Welker also caught a two-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, and hinted after the game that the Dolphins defense was too simple and poorly prepared, perhaps because of the lockout-shortened offseason.

“I think they were only lined up in a few defenses, and they weren’t really able to coordinate what they were able to run,” said Welker. “That definitely gives us an advantage when we can do that. We still have work to do with that, but I thought it was a good start for us.”

Miami’s Chad Henne threw for 416 yards in a losing effort, completing 30 of 49 passes with two touchdowns and one interception.

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