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MIAMI DOLPHINS (3-4) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5-2)

SERIES

 

DOLPHINS

PATRIOTS

SERIES LEADER

48-36

STREAKS

3 of past 4

COACHES VS. OPP.

Sparano: 1-1

Belichick: 11-9

LAST WEEK

W 30-25 at Jets

Bye (Wk. 7: W 35-7 at Buccaneers in London)

LAST GAME

11/23/08: Patriots 48 at Dolphins 28.  New England QB Matt Cassel passes for 415 yards with 3 TDs - his 2nd straight 400-yard game - & adds 8-yard TD run. 

LAST GAME AT SITE

9/21/08: Dolphins 38, Patriots 13.  Miami RB Ronnie Brown accounts for 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 pass) as Dolphins halt New England's NFL-record 21-game regular-season win streak.

BROADCAST

CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf.  SIRIUS: 153 (Mia.), 122 (NE).  XM: 108 (NE). 

STATS

PASSING

Henne: 74-124-771-4-3-78.4

Brady: 179-273-2,032-15 (T2C)-4-99.9

RUSHING

R. Brown: 120-518-4.3-7 (T2C)

Maroney: 61-265-4.3-2

RECEIVING

Bess: 30-206-6.9-0

Welker: 46 (T2C)-484-10.5-4

OFFENSE

305.4

406.0 (1C)

TAKE/GIVE

-2

+9 (1C)

DEFENSE

328.4

285.7 (3C)

SACKS

Taylor: 5.5

Wright: 4

INTs

W. Allen: 2

Butler (R), Meriweather: 2

PUNTING

Fields: 46.5

Hanson: 39.5

KICKING

Carpenter: 50 (20/20 PAT; 10/11 FG)

Gostkowski: 60 (2C)  (21/21 PAT; 13/16 FG)

NOTES

DOLPHINS:  Head coach TONY SPARANO is 7-2 vs. AFC East...Dating back to 12/07/08, club aims for 6th consecutive win against AFC East...In 3 career starts against division opponents, QB CHAD HENNE is 3-0 & has completed 46 of 69 passes (66.7 pct.) for 468 yards with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 105.2 passer rating...In last game at NE, RB RONNIE BROWN gained 113 rush yards & set franchise record with 4 rush TDs.  Has scored 7 TDs in past 6.  RB RICKY WILLIAMS averages 5.4 rush yards per carry in '09 (78 att., 423 yards).  Brown (7) & Williams (5) are only teammates with 5+ rush TDs in '09...TE JOEY HAYNOS recorded 1st TD rec. of '09 last week...DE JASON TAYLOR leads active players with 126 sacks.  Has 12 career sacks against Patriots...LB JOEY PORTER aims for 5th consecutive game w/sack vs. Patriots & has 8 in past 4.  Tied career-high w/4 sacks vs. NE on 9/21/08...KR-WR TED GINN JR. is 1st player in NFL history w/2 TDs of 100+ yards in same game & is 8th player in NFL history with 2 KR-TDs in game.  Also became 1st player w/2 KR-TDs in same quarter since Packers' TRAVIS WILLIAMS in 1967...

PATRIOTS:  In past 5, QB TOM BRADY has completed 117 of 173 passes (67.6 pct.) for 1,438 passing yards w/13 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 113.3 passer rating.  Brady aims for 3rd consecutive game w/3 or more TD passes vs. Miami & has 9 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 124.2 passer rating in past 2 against Dolphins...In last game RB KEVIN FAULK became 26th RB in NFL history with 400 rec...WR RANDY MOSS posted 8 rec. for 125 yards (15.6 avg.) w/3 TDs in last meeting vs. Mia.  Since '07, WR WES WELKER leads NFL with 269 rec.  Aims for 6th consecutive game with 6 or more rec. (46 total in those 5).  Seeks 3rd consecutive game with 100+ receiving yards (150, 107)...Pats have forced turnover in 15 consecutive games...S BRANDON MERIWEATHER registered career-high 2 INTs & posted 1st career INT-TD (39 yards) last game...Rookie CB DARIUS BUTLER (Round 2, Connecticut) aims for 3rd consecutive game with INT...LB JUNIOR SEAU has won 24 consecutive games w/NE.