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Patriot Post: The Fall of Garoppolo the Great

dolphinspatriots1Garoppolo the Great sounds like the name of a king. In New England, Jimmy Garoppolo is a king—at least he was for the first week and a half. It was apparent early and often that Garoppolo was confident, and there was nothing the Miami Dolphins could do about it.

The Patriots started the game strong and made quite the statement on their first three possessions. During those three series, Garoppolo went 15-for-18 passing with two touchdown tosses to Danny

Photo by: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Photo by: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Amendola and one to Martellus Bennett.

The first three Dolphins possessions equated to 22 total yards and three punts.
Things were looking perfect for the Patriots. With a 24-0 lead, Garoppolo the Great was on top of the world.The Pats had a 24-0 lead, and things were rolling. Then Kiko Alonso happened.

With 4:57 left in the second quarter, Alonso laid a big hit on Garoppolo. Garoppolo left the game with a shoulder. Enter Jacoby Brissett, also known as Brissett the Brave. Brissett attempted two passes before the half. Both went to Julian Edelman. Both were incomplete.

As the first half closed, the Dolphins left the field on a high note as they hit a 27-yard field goal. The Patriots left the field with questions at QB.


In Bill Belichick’s system: new quarterback; no problem. He leads the Patriots on a five play, 68-yard touchdown drive capped off by a LeGarette Blount nine-yard rushing score. Brissett completed all three of his pass attempts, including a 37-yard pass to Bennett.

The Patriots second drive was not as successful, and Brissett showed his inexperience. Brissett had a 10-yard scramble for a first down. Two plays later, he was sacked for an eight-yard loss.

Brissett has potential; however, if the Patriots were going to maintain their lead, the defense had to step up. In the first half, New England’s defense was strong. They forced three three-and-outs, four punts, two turnovers and allowed only three points.

The second half was a different story. The Dolphins fumbled on the first drive of the second half. The following two possessions resulted in Dolphins touchdowns.

kenyandrakescoresAs the fourth quarter progressed, the Dolphins offense kept driving, and Brissett couldn’t keep the Patriots offense on the field.

With 6:06 left in the fourth, the Kenyan Drake of the Dolphins scored a seven-yard rushing touchdown to bring the Dolphins within seven points.

With the sky falling, The Patriots needed a big, time-consuming possession from Brissett. That’s exactly what they got. Brissett lead the offense on a 12-play, 54-yard drive that consumed 5:02. He set Gostkowski up for a game-sealing 39-yard-field goal. He missed.

With one minute left, the Patriots defense needed to make a stand. They needed to stop the Dolphins offense, something they had not been ryantannehillmiamidolphinsable to do on the Dolphins last three possessions.

On a fourth-and-five attempt from the Patriots 29, Ryan Tannehill was picked off by Duron Harmon in the end zone to stop the furious rally and the game.

The Patriots survived another close call. Brissett finished the game six-for-nine passing for 94 yards and had four rushing attempts for 12 yards.

Though the Patriots live to see another day, there are still many unanswered questions. The Pats have a short week as they face the Houston Texans Thursday night.

The Patriots depth chart is thin at quarterback. Brissett is now the top QB, and at the moment, the emergency QB is Edelman. It will be interesting to see how the Patriots handle this unusual situation.

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