When it comes to AFC East feuds, most of the focus has been on the Jets and Patriots over the last few years. The Dolphins and Pats, however, have been sniping at each other for a while as well. Sunday, they actually turned their bad blood into fisticuffs and the Dolphins started playing like the football version of Slap Shot in the final minutes by picking up several deliberate unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
It doesn't figure to cool off after Jason Ferguson's comments to Sporting News Today (via PFT) following the game. Fergie seemed to think the Patriots were running up the score when BenJarvus Green-Ellis plunged in for a touchdown to make the score 48-28 with 40 seconds to play.
"You don't continue to try to rub it in.. That's what rubbed guys the wrong way...I hope we see them again in the playoffs. We'll see what happens then."
Sorry, Jason, but you're wrong here. The touchdown came on fourth down, New England wasn't throwing the ball and the Patriots have no obligation to give the Dolphins a chance to win the game. Slim chance though it may be, 13 or 16 (if they kicked a field goal) points is doable in 40 seconds. It's the Dolphins' job to stop the Patriots, not the Patriots' job to stop themselves.
Jason Ferguson: The Patriots Ran Up the Score, Rubbed It In on Sunday originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Mon, 24 Nov 2008 16:35:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.