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December 13, 2013

Patriots-Dolphins Capsule

NEW ENGLAND (10-3) at MIAMI (7-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE — Patriots by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD — New England 6-7, Miami 8-5

SERIES RECORD — Miami leads 50-46

LAST MEETING — Patriots beat Dolphins 27-17, Oct. 27, 2013

LAST WEEK — Dolphins beat Steelers 34-28; Patriots beat Browns 27-26

AP PRO32 RANKING — Dolphins No. 15, Patriots No. 4

PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (8), RUSH (13), PASS (8).

PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (24), RUSH (31), PASS (16).

DOLPHINS OFFENSE — OVERALL (24), RUSH (23), PASS (19).

DOLPHINS DEFENSE — OVERALL (16), RUSH (23), PASS (13).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — New England has beaten Dolphins seven consecutive times, including three wins in Miami. Only eight current Miami players have beaten New England while wearing Dolphins uniform. ... Tom Brady is only 6-5 in Miami, although his passer rating there is 95.9. ... With victory, Patriots clinch fifth consecutive AFC East title. ... Brady seeks 11th division title, most of any quarterback in NFL history. ... Patriots have had three consecutive come-from-behind victories. Brady has thrown for more than 200 yards in second half of all three games, with passer rating of 127.5. ... New England is allowing 136 yards rushing per game, second worst in league. ... Patriots’ opponents have converted 44 percent of third downs, second highest in league. ... With wins past two weeks, Patriots are 47-6 in December since 2001, best in NFL. ... Dolphins’ opponents have 76.1 passer rating, third lowest in league. ... Despite winning record, Dolphins have been outgained by 310 yards. ... Miami’s Olivier Vernon has seven sacks in past four games. ... Ryan Tannehill has been sacked 47 times, NFL high and Dolphins record. ... Miami coach Joe Philbin, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle all have Massachusetts ties.

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