Lowly Dolphins Stun Patriots in Blowout

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 21, 2008 3:33 PM CDT
New England Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel is sacked by a Miami Dolphins defender during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008.    (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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(Newser) – Ronnie Brown and the lowly Miami Dolphins ended the Patriots' record winning streak and made New England's defense look as shaky as its Tom Brady-less offense today, the AP reports. Brown scored a team record four touchdowns rushing and threw for another—with four of the scores coming on direct snaps to the running back—as Miami stunned New England, 38-13, Sunday.

The loss ended the Patriots' NFL mark of 21 straight regular-season wins that began after a 21-0 loss to the Dolphins on Dec. 10, 2006 in which Brady was sacked four times. It also ended New England's chance for a second straight unbeaten regular season. The Dolphins, who lost their first 13 games last year and finished 1-15, won for just the second time in 22 games.