Dolphins at Patriots Game Capsule

Mike Ehrmann

The Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots meet for the second time this season later today. Here's a look at both teams' 2012 season, as well as the all time series between the two AFC East rivals.

MIAMI DOLPHINS (7-8) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (11-4)

SERIES

DOLPHINS

PATRIOTS

SERIES LEADER

49-42

STREAKS

Past 5 & 9 of past 11

COACHES VS. OPP.

Philbin: 0-1

Belichick: 16-11

LAST WEEK

W 24-10 vs. Buffalo

W 23-16 at Jaguars

LAST GAME

12/2/12: Patriots 23 at Dolphins 16. New England WR Wes Welker has 12 catches for 103 yards & TD. Patriots RB Stevan Ridley adds 71 rush yards & TD.

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/24/11: Patriots 27, Dolphins 24. New England QB Tom Brady accounts for 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 pass) as Patriots overcome 17-0 1st-half deficit in comeback victory.

BROADCAST

CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms. SIRIUS: 134 (Mia.), 94 (NE). XM: 227 (NE).

STATS

PASSING

Tannehill (R): 262-449-3,059-12-12-76.9

Brady: 379-601-4,543 (1C)-32 (2C)-8-98.3 (2C)

RUSHING

Bush: 219-960-4.4-6

Ridley: 270-1,189 (3C)-4.4-10 (3C)

RECEIVING

Hartline: 69-1,014-14.7-1

Welker: 110 (1C)-1,260-11.5-5

OFFENSE

315.2

426.9 (1L)

TAKE/GIVE

-13

+23 (1L)

DEFENSE

351.0

381.1

SACKS

Wake: 15 (3C)

Ninkovich: 8

INTs

R. Jones: 4 (T3C)

McCourty: 5 (T1C)

PUNTING

Fields: 50.3 (1C)

Mesko: 43.8

KICKING

Carpenter: 92 (26/26 PAT; 22/27 FG)

Gostkowski: 149 (1L) (62/62 PAT; 29/35 FG)


NOTES

DOLPHINS: Seek 3rd consecutive win...In past 2, QB Ryan Tannehill has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 109.8 passer rating. Tannehill (3,059) has most passing yards by rookie in Dolphins history. Team is 6-1 when Tannehill has 90+ rating...RB Reggie Bush is averaging 119.5 scrimmage yards per game in December in past 2 seasons (956 in 8 games). Bush (960) needs 40 rush yards to reach 1,000 in consecutive seasons. Rushed for 113 yards in only career meeting at NE (12/14/11). Tied career-high with 2 TD receptions last week....Rookie RB Lamar Miller averaged 7.3 yards per carry last week (10 att., 73 yards)...WR Brian Hartline has career-best in receiving yards (1,014) & receptions (69) in '12...Since '08, TE Anthony Fasano has team-high 23 TD rec...DE Cameron Wake has career-best 15 sacks in '12. Wake (43) has most sacks by Dolphin in 1st 4 seasons of career. Has 5.5 sacks in 7 career games vs. NE...LB Karlos Dansby leads team with 121 tackles...S Reshad Jones has career-best 4 INTs in '12...

PATRIOTS: Have won 9 of past 11 at home vs. Dolphins...QB Tom Brady has thrown TD pass in 47 straight games, tied with HOFer Johnny Unitas for 2nd-longest streak in NFL history. Brady (4,543) reached 4,500 for 3rd time in career. Brady is 9-1 as home starter vs. Dolphins...RB Stevan Ridley (1,189) needs 11 rush yards to become 5th player in franchise history to reach 1,200 in season. WR Wes Welker posted his 18th career game with at least 10 catches last week & passed HOFer Jerry Rice (17) & Andre Johnson (17) for most such games in NFL history. Aims for 4th straight game with 100+ receiving yards vs. Mia (160, 138, 103). Welker (110) is 1st player in NFL history with 5 100-catch seasons. WR Brandon Lloyd (902) needs 98 rec. yards to reach 1,000 for 2nd time in career...In past 3 vs. Mia., TE Rob Gronkowski has 19 rec. for 266 yards with 2 TDs. TE Aaron Hernandez had 8 catches for 97 yards in last game vs. Mia...LB Jerod Mayo leads club w/ 142 tackles...S Patrick Chung had career-best 2 INT last week.

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