Outstanding performances by the Patriots
Julian Edelman, Jan. 2, Patriots vs. Dolphins
After he was listed as inactive for the Sept. 12 season opener against the Bengals, Julian Edelman proved to be anything but in the regular-season finale as the playoff-bound Patriots administered a 38-7 shellacking to the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Edelmans dazzling 94-yard punt return for a touchdown 18 seconds before intermission which set a franchise record punctuated his 197 all-purpose yards. It was a great return, a huge play right before halftime, Brady said. To go up, 24-0, at the half, I think it gave him a lot of confidence." Edelman also made three catches for 72 yards, including a 40-yarder in the first quarter.