Kyle Van Noy and the Dolphins gave the patriots the taste of their own medicines on Sunday and they are not afraid to say it.
Miami took revenge for the week 1 loss to New England, stifling the Patriots in a 22-12 victory over Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday. After the game, Van Noy, a former Patriot, revealed that the Dolphins used New England’s late behavior in the first game as motivation for the sequel.
“They kind of scaffolded us for the first time,” Van Noy told Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer. “I will keep the reality. They thought everything was good … if that made sense. They all laughed and joked. We remembered this and we are in a different situation than they were. They have practically already been eliminated. We just needed to finish it, and we did it today.
“I think the honeymoon is over. I’ve finished the work. “
Van Noy, who said he and the Dolphins literally counted the days since the loss of Week 1 at Gillette Stadium, had full confidence in his team’s ability to overwhelm the Patriots.
“I think (the last unit that marks the touchdown) shows that we can win in every way,” said Van Noy. “I dominated some games, I won other games through the air. And some games, we do both. But this game was back and forth, smashmouth football, who will break? And they ended up breaking up before us. I knew we weren’t going to break up, and they just broke up.
“I knew this was going to happen, that’s what we practice all week, all year. This is the mentality of our coach. We do not withdraw from anyone. “
The Patriots are now facing their first out-of-season campaign in more than a decade. Meanwhile, the Dolphins currently hold the last series of the AFC playoffs.
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