Wildcat strikes: Inside story of how '08 Dolphins perplexed Patriots
Ronnie Brown surprised everybody when he became a Wildcat quarterback on Sept. 21, 2008, when the Dolphins shocked the New England Patriots, who had won 21 straight regular-season games.
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It’s been 10 years since maybe the most shocking game in NFL history.
The Patriots, riding a 21-game regular-season winning streak, were 12.5-point favorites against the lowly 0-2 Dolphins, who were 1-15 the season before. But Miami had a trick just waiting to be unleashed.
Dolphins running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, sharing a backfield, ran a college offense to perfection and made a respected Patriots defense look silly in a 38-13 victory in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Sept. 21, 2008.
“We didn’t have any idea that was coming,” former Patriots linebacker and ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi said. “I laugh at it now. But we were so pissed that day. I was hopping around. I didn’t know what I was doing. It was a shock to the system.”