Game info: Patriots vs. Dolphins

Game info: Patriots vs. Dolphins
December 29, 2012, 11:20 pm
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GAME TIME: 4:25 p.m. EST

TV NETWORK: CBS

TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms

RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Gil Santos and Scott Zolak

ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Dolphins lead, 50-44

LAST MEETING: Patriots 23, Dolphins 16 at Sun Life Stadium on Dec. 2, 2012

The Patriots enter todays game with a 5-0 record in AFC East games and can finish their slate of divisional games without a loss for the second time in team history. The Patriots were a perfect 6-0 in AFC East play in 2007. New England has had just one loss in division play in 1986, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010 and 2011

The Patriots and Dolphins will meet in the regular-season finale for the 13th time overall and for the seventh time in Foxboro. The Patriots are 3-3 against Miami on regular-season finales at Foxboro.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

With one touchdown pass against the Dolphins, Tom Brady will extend his streak to 48 straight games with at least one touchdown pass, breaking a tie with Johnny Unitas for the second-longest streak in NFL history. Drew Brees (54) is in first place.

Brady (9) needs one more game with four touchdowns, 300 yards and no interceptions to tie Drew Brees (10) for the all-time NFL lead.

Brady will aim to lead his team to its 12th win today. If the Pats win, it will be Brady's seventh 12-win season, one behind Peyton Mannings nine.

Brady (3,776) needs 12 completions to move past Vinny Testaverde (3,787) into eighth place on the NFLs all-time completion list.

Brady (44,522) needs 90 passing yards to move past Drew Bledsoe (45,077) into eighth place on the NFLs all-time passing list.

If Brady has one touchdown pass against Miami, he will be the first NFL player to have thrown at least one touchdown pass in all 16 games for three straight seasons.

Stephen Gostkowski (7-of-10 from 50 or more yards) needs one more 50-yard field goal to tie Adam Vinatieri (8-of-17) for most 50-yard field goals in Patriots history. Gostkowski has two 50-yarders so far in 2012 and can become the first Patriots player with three 50-yard field goals in a single season.

Gostkowski has 149 points in 2012 and needs seven points to break Gino Cappellettis single-season record of 155 points set in 1964.

Brandon Lloyd (902) needs 98 receiving yards against Miami to become the 10th Patriots player to have a 1,000-yard receiving season.

With 10 tackles, Jerod Mayo will have his 11th 10-plus tackle game of the season. He had his 10th 10-tackle game vs. San Francisco to match the career-high 10 10-tackle games he had in 2010.

Rob Ninkovich has a team-leading five forced fumbles, tying Mike Vrabel (2007) for the most forced fumbles for a Patriots player within the last 20 years.

The Patriots defense has forced a turnover in 26 straight games, dating back to 2011 and including the first 15 games of 2012. The last NFL team to have at least one takeaway in all 16 regular-season games was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

The Patriots have 416 first downs and need one more to break the NFL record set by New Orleans in 2011.