Patriots-Dolphins game notes: Pats attempt to clinch No. 1 seed


Patriots-Dolphins game notes: Pats attempt to clinch No. 1 seed

A quick look at the information you need to know about today's Patriots-Dolphins game:


TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 13-2, Dolphins 10-5



TV ANNOUNCERS: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn

LOCAL RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak


LAST MEETING: Patriots 31, Dolphins 24 on Sept. 18, 2016 at Gillette Stadium

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-- The Patriots can clinch the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC, and home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs, with a victory today or with a Raiders loss to the Broncos later this afternoon.

-- The Patriots are playing the Dolphins in the final game of the regular season for the second straight year and the 14th time in their history. The teams are 7-7 in the 14 games, and the Pats are 3-4 in the finales played in Miami.

-- The Patriots are 14-36 all-time in Miami. They were 3-18 in the Orange Bowl and are 11-18 at Dolphins/Pro Player/Joe Robbie/Sun Life Stadium. They also played a road game against the Dolphins in Tampa on Nov. 30. 1969, which they won.

-- The Patriots have lost their last three games in Miami.

-- Since Bill Belichick became Patriots coach in 2000, the Patriots are 21-12 against the Dolphins. In that span, they are 7-8 in games played in Miami.

-- Since 2000, the Patriots are 78-28 (.736) in regular season and playoff games against AFC East opponents: 21-12 against the Dolphins, 25-11 against the Jets, 29-4 against the Bills and 3-1 in divisional games against the Colts (who were in the AFC East in 2000 and 2001).

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-- If the Patriots win today they will finish undefeated on the road in the regular season for the second time in franchise history. The Pats were also 8-0 on the road in 2007.

-- If the Patriots win today, they will record the fifth 14-or-more victory season in franchise history. The others: 2003 (14), 2004 (14), 2007 (16) and 2010 (14). The Pats advanced to the Super Bowl in three of those four seasons.

-- Tom Brady (who currently has 61,306 career passing yards) needs 56 yards to pass Dan Marino (61,361) on the NFL's all-time list of passing yardage.

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-- REFEREE: John Parry. UMPIRE: Mark Pellis. HEAD LINESMAN: John McGrath. LINE JUDGE: Jeff Seeman. FIELD JUDGE: Jabir Walker. SIDE JUDGE: Keith Washington. BACK JUDGE: Perry Paganelli. REPLAY OFFICIAL: Bob McGrath.

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.