New England (9-3) at Miami (5-7) Sunday 1:00 pm EST
MIAMI (Ticker) -- Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are closing in on
securing their latest postseason invitation.
The Patriots could clinch their fourth straight AFC East title
when they face the rival Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
If New England wins this contest and the New York Jets lose
later Sunday to Buffalo, the Patriots would win their fourth
straight divisional title. The Patriots are two games ahead of
Brady, the three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, and
Belichick - considered the game's best coach - have been
together for each of the divisional title.
However, Brady and Belichick have bigger things on their mind
than the division. New England still has an outside chance at
gaining home-field advantage throughout the playoffs since they
trail Indianapolis and San Diego by one game.
Brady threw for 305 yards and Corey Dillon ran for three short
touchdowns as the Patriots extended their winning streak to
three games last Sunday with a 28-21 victory over lowly Detroit.
New England did have to rally from and eight-point
In the first meeting against the Dolphins on October 8, the
Patriots were able to emerge with a 20-10 victory despite
managing just 213 total yards. Brady completed 16-of-29 passes
for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
New England has won six of the last eight meetings from Miami.
The Dolphins had their four-game winning streak stopped last
Sunday with a 24-10 home loss to Jacksonville. Joey Harrington
threw a pair of costly interceptions in the first half and the
Dolphins struggled defensively, allowing scoring drives of 95
and 91 yards.
The New England Patriots have won three in a row. The Patriots escaped for the second week with a sub par performance to stay in control of the AFC east division.
The Miami Dolphins dropped a tough game at home to all but end their hopes of postseason play. Both head coaches have similar traits with discipline, intelligence and toughness being imparted to their respective teams. Look for a tough, hardnosed contest between a team playing for pride and building for the future, and a New England team trying to play with more consistency.