Dolphins at Patriots Game Capsule

MIAMI DOLPHINS (5-9) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (11-3)

SERIES

DOLPHINS

PATRIOTS

SERIES LEADER

49-40

STREAKS

7 of past 9

COACHES VS. OPP.

Bowles: 0-0

Belichick: 14-11

LAST WEEK

W 30-23 at Bills

W 41-23 at Broncos

LAST GAME

9/12/11: Patriots 38 at Dolphins 24. New England QB Tom Brady passes for 517 yards & 4 TDs as WR Wes Welker totals 160 yards receiving, including 99-yard TD reception, in win.

LAST GAME AT SITE

1/2/11: Patriots 38, Dolphins 7. New England TE Rob Gronkowski catches 6 passes for 102 yards & TD as Patriots' defense holds Miami to 44 rushing yards.

BROADCAST

CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts. SIRIUS: 125 (Mia.), 92 (NE). XM: 225 (NE).

STATS

PASSING

Mat. Moore: 172-283-2,081-12-6-88.7

Brady: 351-530-4,593 (1C)-35 (1C)-11-106.7 (1C)

RUSHING

Bush: 194-973-5.0-6

Green-Ellis: 171-635-3.7-9 (T2C)

RECEIVING

Marshall: 70-1,021-14.6-5

Welker: 104 (1L)-1,380 (1L)-13.3-9 (2C)

OFFENSE

321.0

426.3 (1C)

TAKE/GIVE

-5

+12 (1C)

DEFENSE

339.1

414.4

SACKS

Wake: 7.5

A. Carter: 10

INTs

Davis: 4 (T3C)

Arrington: 7 (T1L)

PUNTING

Fields: 49.3 (3L)

Mesko: 45.7

KICKING

Carpenter: 94 (22/22 PAT; 24/29 FG)

Gostkowski: 123 (1C) (51/51 PAT; 24/28 FG)

NOTES

DOLPHINS: Club is 5-1 when scoring 20+ points this season...In past 3 on road, QB MATT MOORE has completed 46 of 75 passes (61.3 pct.) for 749 yards with 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 121.5 passer rating...RB REGGIE BUSH leads NFL with 406 rush yards in Dec. Bush (973) needs 27 rush yards to reach 1,000 for 1st time. Bush aims for 4th consecutive game with 100+ rush yards. Has 6 rush TDs in past 7. Averages 5.8 yards per carry on road in '11 (102 att., 593 yards). Bush had 9 catches for 56 yards with TD catch in last game vs. NE. Rookie RB DANIEL THOMAS (2nd round, No. 62) leads AFC rookie RBs with 550 rush yards...WR BRANDON MARSHALL (1,021) has reached 1,000+ rec. yards in 5 consecutive seasons. Marshall had 7 catches for 139 yards (19.9 avg.) in last meeting vs. Patriots...TE ANTHONY FASANO had season-high in catches (5) & rec. yards (82) in last game vs. NE...LB JASON TAYLOR has 13 career sacks vs. NE...DE JARED ODRICK has career-high 5 sacks in '11...CB VONTAE DAVIS had career-best 2 INTs last week.

PATRIOTS: BILL BELICHICK is 42-7 (.857) in Dec. with NE, best record in Dec. among head coaches with 1 team in NFL history (min. 25 games). Aim for 11th consecutive win in Dec...Seek 7th consecutive game with 30+ points... QB TOM BRADY aims for 11th consecutive win at home vs. AFC East. Brady (4,593) needs 214 passing yards to surpass career-best of 4,806 in '07. Brady seeks 7th straight game with 100+ rating...RB BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS has 3 rush TDs in past 3 vs. Mia...In 8 career games vs. Mia., WR WES WELKER averages 105.4 receiving yards per game. Welker has career-best in rec. yards (1,380) & TD catches (9) in '11...TE ROB GRONKOWSKI (1,141) needs 34 rec. yards to surpass TE BEN COATES (1,174) for most rec. yards by TE in season in NE history. Has totaled 188 rec. yards in past 2 vs. Mia. TE AARON HERNANDEZ had 103 rec. yards with TD catch in last game vs. Mia. Hernandez had career-best in catches (9) & rec. yards (129) last week...LB ROB NINKOVICH has 4 sacks in past 5 games.


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