New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins

December 22, 1997

Quarter 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
New England Patriots 0 0 7 7 14
Miami Dolphins 3 3 0 6 12

Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
6:06 Mia FG FG Olindo Mare 50 Mia 3, NE 0
2nd Quarter
13:41 Mia FG FG Olindo Mare 41 Mia 6, NE 0
3rd Quarter
7:07 NE TD Marrio Grier 2 run (Adam Vinatieri Kick) NE 7, Mia 6
4th Quarter
2:53 NE TD David Meggett 5 run (Adam Vinatieri Kick) NE 14, Mia 6
11:14 Mia TD Lamar Thomas 8 pass from Dan Marino (Pass Failed) NE 14, Mia 12

Attendance: 74,379
Missed Field Goals: Mia - Olindo Mare 51

Team Statistics
  New England Patriots Miami Dolphins
First downs 10 17
Rushes - yards 17 - 47 21 - 42
Passing 160 253
Punt returns 4 - 20 5 - 59
Kickoff returns 1 - 5 3 - 52
Interception returns 1 - 0 1 - 7
Pass attempts - Completions - Had Intercepted 18 - 26 - 1 28 - 44 - 1
Sacked - yards lost 2 - 13 3 - 22
Punts 7 - 46.6 5 - 43.6
Fumbles - lost 2 - 1 2 - 0
Penalties - yards 2 - 10 8 - 76
Time of possession 23:53 36:07

Passing
New England Patriots Att Cmp Yds Avg TD Int Lg Sack Loss Rating
Drew Bledsoe 26 18 173 6.65 0 1 22 2 13 71.5
Miami Dolphins Att Cmp Yds Avg TD Int Lg Sack Loss Rating
Dan Marino 44 28 275 6.25 1 1 27 3 22 79.3

Rushing
New England Patriots Att Yds Avg Lg TD
Derrick Cullors 10 29 2.9 6 0
David Meggett 3 9 3.0 5t 1
Drew Bledsoe 3 7 2.3 7 0
Marrio Grier 1 2 2.0 2t 1
Miami Dolphins Att Yds Avg Lg TD
Abdul-Karim Al-Jabbar 13 33 2.5 8 0
Lawrence Phillips 5 8 1.6 3 0
Jerris McPhail 1 3 3.0 3 0
Dan Marino 2 -2 -1.0 0 0

Receiving
New England Patriots Rec Yds Avg Lg TD
Shawn Jefferson 7 76 10.9 22 0
Ben Coates 4 28 7.0 9 0
David Meggett 3 29 9.7 20 0
Keith Byars 2 25 12.5 22 0
Vincent Brisby 1 9 9.0 9 0
Derrick Cullors 1 6 6.0 6 0
Miami Dolphins Rec Yds Avg Lg TD
Lamar Thomas 6 64 10.7 16 1
Abdul-Karim Al-Jabbar 6 60 10.0 27 0
O.J. McDuffie 4 48 12.0 17 0
Jerris McPhail 3 15 5.0 8 0
Brett Perriman 2 29 14.5 17 0
Bernie Parmalee 2 25 12.5 17 0
Roosevelt Potts 2 14 7.0 12 0
Stanley Pritchett 2 11 5.5 10 0
Troy Drayton 1 9 9.0 9 0

Kickoff Returns
New England Patriots Num Yds Avg FC Lg TD
Derrick Cullors 1 5 5.0 0 5 0
Miami Dolphins Num Yds Avg FC Lg TD
Jerris McPhail 2 29 14.5 0 15 0
Corey Harris 1 23 23.0 0 23 0

Punt Returns
New England Patriots Num Yds Avg FC Lg TD
David Meggett 4 20 5.0 0 11 0
Miami Dolphins Num Yds Avg FC Lg TD
Terrell Buckley 4 58 14.5 0 26 0
O.J. McDuffie 1 1 1.0 1 1 0

Punting
New England Patriots Punts Yds Avg Lg TB In20 Blk Net OppRet RetYds
Tom Tupa 7 326 46.6 65 0 4 0 38.1 5 59
Miami Dolphins Punts Yds Avg Lg TB In20 Blk Net OppRet RetYds
John Kidd 5 218 43.6 51 1 1 0 35.6 4 20

Defense
New England Patriots Sacks Loss Ints Yds Avg Lg TD
Lawyer Milloy 0.0 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 0
Chris Canty 1.0 9.0 0 0 0.0 0 0
Todd Collins 1.0 3.0 0 0 0.0 0 0
Ted Johnson 1.0 10.0 0 0 0.0 0 0
Miami Dolphins Sacks Loss Ints Yds Avg Lg TD
Terrell Buckley 0.0 0.0 1 7 7.0 7 0
Trace Armstrong 1.0 4.0 0 0 0.0 0 0
Daryl Gardener 1.0 9.0 0 0 0.0 0 0

1997 NFL Scoreboard - Week 17
Saturday, December 20, 1997
Buffalo 21
Green Bay 31
Boxscore FINAL
St. Louis 30
Carolina 18
Boxscore FINAL
Sunday, December 21, 1997
Baltimore 14
Cincinnati 16
Boxscore FINAL
Indianapolis 28
Minnesota 39
Boxscore FINAL
Pittsburgh 6
Tennessee 16
Boxscore FINAL
Chicago 15
Tampa Bay 31
Boxscore FINAL
New Orleans 13
Kansas City 25
Boxscore FINAL
NY Giants 20
Dallas 7
Boxscore FINAL
Philadelphia 32
Washington 35
Boxscore FINAL
Jacksonville 20
Oakland 9
Boxscore FINAL
NY Jets 10
Detroit 13
Boxscore FINAL
San Diego 3
Denver 38
Boxscore FINAL
Atlanta 26
Arizona 29
Boxscore FINAL
San Francisco 9
Seattle 38
Boxscore FINAL
Monday, December 22, 1997
New England 14
Miami 12
Boxscore FINAL
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