Pregame notes: Patriots vs. Dolphins

Pregame notes: Patriots vs. Dolphins
December 15, 2013, 10:00 am
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GAME TIME: 1 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: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak

ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Dolphins lead, 50-46

LAST MEETING: Patriots 27, Dolphins 17 on Oct. 27, 2013 at Gillette Stadium

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-- The Patriots can clinch their fifth straight AFC East title and qualify for the playoffs for the 21st time in their 54-year history with a win today. It would also be the 15th playoff berth in the 20 seasons since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994.

-- Since Bill Belichick became Patriots coach in 2000, New England is 18-9 (.667) against the Dolphins.

-- Tom Brady is 17-6 in his career against Miami, but just 6-5 in games played in Miami.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR

-- Bill Belichick has led the Patriots to 10 division titles and needs one more to tie Don Shula for the most division titles since the 1970 NFL merger with 11.

-- A victory today will give Belichick his 11th 11-win season as a head coach, behind only Shula (13).

-- Stephen Gostkowski (28) needs two more field goals for his second season with 30 or more field goals. He set a franchise record with 36 field goals in 2008.

-- Tom Brady (3,685) needs 315 yards passing to reach 4,000 yards for the sixth time in his career. He would join Brett Favre (6), Dan Marino (6), Drew Brees (8) and Peyton Manning (13) as the only player to have at least six seasons with 4,000 passing yards.

-- Brady (146) needs one more win to tie Dan Marino (147) for the fourth-most wins in NFL history by a starting quarterback.

-- Brady will be looking for his 11th division championship, the most by any NFL quarterback. Joe Montana and Peyton Manning have nine division titles.

-- Brady (4,116) needs eight pass completions against Miami to pass John Elway (4,123) for fifth place on the NFL’s all-time pass completion list.

-- Julian Edelman has 775 yards receiving in 2013 and needs to average 75 yards over the final three games to reach 1,000 yards.