By STEVEN WINE
the associated press Lakeland Ledger
MIAMI | The New England Patriots rang up another big score, this time with little input from the offense.
Patrick Chung blocked two kicks and returned an interception for a touchdown, and New England scored twice on special teams to beat the hapless Miami Dolphins 41-14 on Monday night.
Tom Brady threw for only 153 yards, and Randy Moss was held without a catch for the first time since 2006, but the NFL’s highest-scoring team still registered its biggest point total yet.
The Patriots trailed 7-6 at halftime, but when Brandon Tate returned the second half kickoff 103 yards for a score, the deluge was on. Chung blocked a punt to set up a touchdown, then blocked a field goal that Kyle Arrington returned 35 yards for a score.
Chung returned an interception 51 yards for New England’s final score.
Another unexpected contribution came from linebacker Rob Ninkovich, who had the first two interceptions of his five-year career. Chung and Arrington scored their first career TDs, as did Patriots reserve fullback Danny Woodhead on an 11-yard reception.
New England (3-1) moved into a tie with the New York Jets for first place in the AFC East, while the Dolphins (2-2) dropped to third place.
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