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Miami Dolphins vs New England Patriots: Game Capsule

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MIAMI DOLPHINS (7-8) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (13-2)

SERIES


DOLPHINS

PATRIOTS

SERIES LEADER

49-38

STREAKS

5 of past 7

COACHES VS. OPP.

Sparano: 2-3

Belichick: 12-11

LAST WEEK

L 34-27 vs. Lions

W 34-3 at Bills

LAST GAME

10/4/10: Patriots 41 at Dolphins 14.  New England scores 35 2nd-half points, starting with 103-yard KR-TD by rookie WR Ben Tate.  Pats RB Danny Woodhead scores 1st career rec. TD.

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/8/09: Patriots 27, Dolphins 17.  New England QB Tom Brady passes for 332 yards, including 71-yard TD to WR Randy Moss.  Pats RB Laurence Maroney adds 82 yards & 1 TD.

BROADCAST

CBS (1:00 PM ET): Bill Macatee, Rich Gannon.  SIRIUS: 157 (Mia.), 158 (NE).  XM: 105 (NE). 

STATS

PASSING

Henne: 295-474-3,230-15-18-77.1

Brady: 314-476-3,701-34 (1L)-4-109.8 (1L)

RUSHING

R. Brown: 194-720-3.7-5

Green-Ellis: 209-928-4.4-12 (2L)

RECEIVING

Marshall: 81-917-11.3-3

Welker: 86 (T2C)-848-9.9-7

OFFENSE

328.0

354.5

TAKE/GIVE

-11

+27 (1L)

DEFENSE

296.5 (3L)

374.3

SACKS

Wake: 14 (1L)

Wright: 5.5

INTs

Sapp: 2

McCourty (R): 6 (T1C)

PUNTING

Fields: 46.0 (3C)

Mesko (R): 43.0

KICKING

D. Carpenter: 114 (24/24 PAT; 30/40 FG)

Graham: 67 (34/36 PAT; 11/11 FG)

NOTES

DOLPHINS:  Aim to finish with 7-1 road record for 1st time since 1984...QB CHAD HENNE has 9-4 record as starter on road...RB RONNIE BROWN aims for 3rd straight game with rush TD.  Brown (15) needs 100-yard rush game to surpass HOFer LARRY CSONKA (15) for 2nd-most in Dolphins history (RICKY WILLIAMS, 24).  Has 5 rush TDs in 4 career games at NE...WR BRANDON MARSHALL (4,936) needs 64 receiving yards to reach 5,000 career.  Marshall (81) needs 10 catches to surpass O.J. MC DUFFIE (90 in '98) for most rec. in season in Dolphins history.  Aims for 3rd straight game with 10+ receptions & at least 100 receiving yards.  Marshall (81) & WR DAVONE BESS (76) can become 1st Dolphins duo to reach 80 rec. in season in franchise history.  In past 2 vs. Patriots, Bess is averaging 106.5 receiving yards per game (213 total) & aims for 3rd straight game w/ TD reception vs. NE...LB CAMERON WAKE has NFL-best 14 sacks this season.  Needs sack to become 6th Dolphins player w/ 15+ sacks in season since '82.  Wake has 2 sacks in 3 career games vs. NE.

PATRIOTS:  Have earned 12 playoff berths in 17 seasons since ROBERT KRAFT purchased team in '94...NE averages NFL-best 32.0 points per game in '10 & aims to lead NFL in points per game for 2nd time in past 4 years (36.8 in '07)...Club aims for 8th straight game w/ 30+ points...NE is 60-2 (.968) when scoring 30+ points under BILL BELICHICK...QB TOM BRADY (3,701) needs 299 passing yards to post 4th 4,000-yard season.  Is 7-1 as starter at home vs. Mia.  Brady has won an NFL record 27 consecutive regular-season home games as starter...RB BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS (12) needs rush TD to become 3rd Patriot to reach 13 rush TDs in season.  RB DANNY WOODHEAD had career-best 93 rush yards last week...In past 4 vs. Mia., WR WES WELKER is averaging 110.3 receiving yards per game (441 total).  Last week, TE ROB GRONKOWSKI had 2 TD catches & tied JUNIOR MILLER (Atlanta, 1980) for 2nd-most TD receptions by rookie TE in NFL history w/ 9 (MIKE DITKA, 12 with Bears in '61)...CB DEVIN MC COURTY (1st round, No. 27) is tied for NFL lead among rookies w/ 6 INTs (JOE HADEN).