After trailing 20-0 to the New England Patriots on Sunday, the Miami Dolphins came storming back to within six points in the third quarter. But the Patriots responded with some physicality.
Tom Brady connected with Julian Edelman on a 77-yard throw to put the Patriots up 13, but the play itself was overshadowed by a crushing block downfield by new Patriots receiver Michael Floyd.
As Tony Lippett pursued Edelman across the middle of the field, Floyd came over from his receiver position to lay one of the more vicious blocks of this NFL season.
Deemed legal by the officials, Floyd’s block helped to clear the way for the final 55 yards of Edelman’s run.
The Patriots signed Floyd after he was cut by the Arizona Cardinals following an arrest for a DUI the night after Arizona’s Dec. 11 game against the Dolphins. He caught his first touchdown for New England in the first quarter of Sunday’s game.