Final

Patriots 0

(9-4, 5-1 away)

Dolphins 21

(6-7, 4-3 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 10, 2006

 

1 2 3 4 T
NE 0 0 0 00
MIA 3 3 7 821

Top Performers

Passing: J. Harrington (MIA) - 190 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: S. Morris (MIA) - 25 CAR, 123 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Booker (MIA) - 8 REC, 103 YDS, 1 TD

New England (9-3) at Miami (5-7)

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 the Jets.

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 fourth-quarter deficit.

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.

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Passing Leaders

New EnglandCMP%YDSTDINT
T. Brady64.54029339
J. Garoppolo90.09210
MiamiCMP%YDSTDINT
R. Tannehill67.037862612
M. Moore50.02100

Rushing Leaders

New EnglandCARYDSAVGTD
J. Gray894124.65
S. Vereen943904.12
MiamiCARYDSAVGTD
L. Miller1979214.77
R. Tannehill563115.61

Receiving Leaders

New EnglandRECYDSAVGTD
R. Gronkowski82112413.712
J. Edelman9297210.64
MiamiRECYDSAVGTD
M. Wallace6786212.910
J. Landry797038.95

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

TEAM OFFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsNE
 
 336
MIA
 
 310
Yards PassingNE
 
 213
MIA
 
 205
Yards RushingNE
 
 123
MIA
 
 105
TEAM DEFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedNE
 
 294
MIA
 
 289
Pass Yds AllowedNE
 
 200
MIA
 
 188
Rush Yds AllowedNE
 
 94
MIA
 
 101

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

New England leads 7-5
Oct 8, 2006NE 20, MIA 10
Jan 1, 2006NE 26, MIA 28
Nov 13, 2005NE 23, @MIA 16
Dec 20, 2004NE 28, @MIA 29
Oct 10, 2004NE 24, MIA 10
Dec 7, 2003NE 12, MIA 0
Oct 19, 2003NE 19, @MIA 13
Dec 29, 2002NE 27, MIA 24
Oct 6, 2002NE 13, @MIA 26
Dec 22, 2001NE 20, MIA 13
Oct 7, 2001NE 10, @MIA 30