Vikings at Dolphins NFL Week 16 Capsule

VIKINGS DOLPHINS
SERIES LEADER 6-4
STREAKS   Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Zimmer: 0-0 Philbin: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 16-14 at Lions L 41-13 at Patriots
LAST GAME 9/19/10: Dolphins 14 at Vikings 10. Miami WR Brian Hartline catches TD pass. Dolphins defense records 3 INTs, including 2 by CB Jason Allen. Miami LB Koa Misi has FR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/19/06: Dolphins 24, Vikings 20. Miami QB Joey Harrington throws for 254 yards & TD. Dolphins DE Jason Taylor records sack, 2 FFs & 51-yard INT-TD.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (Min.), 93 (Mia.). XM: 225 (Mia.).

STATS

PASSING Bridgewater (R): 223-351-2451-11-10-82.7 Tannehill: 334-504-3390-22-11-90.8
RUSHING Asiata: 129-421-3.3-7 Miller: 178-829-4.7-6
RECEIVING Jennings: 53-641-12.1-5 Landry (R): 71-672-9.5-5
OFFENSE 312.9 337.2
TAKE/GIVE -1 +3
DEFENSE 339.9 331.6
SACKS Griffen: 12 (3C) Wake: 9.5
INTs
  1. Smith: 4 (T2C)
Grimes: 5 (T3L)
PUNTING Locke: 44.4 Fields: 46.3
KICKING Walsh: 91 (25/25 PAT; 22/31 FG) Sturgis: 117 (33/33 PAT; 28/34 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: Rookie QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER has won 5 starts. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ comp. pct. & 300+ pass yards. Has 103.3 rating in past 3 starts…RB MATT ASIATA had rush TD last week. Has 11 TDs (10 rush, 1 rec.) in past 15. Had career-high 7 catches last week…WR GREG JENNINGS had 6 catches for 133 yards & TD (86 yards) in last game vs. Mia. (10/17/10 with GB). 86-yard TD catch is longest of his career & 1 of his 7 TDs of 70+ yards. Had TD catch last week & has TD in 3 of past 4. WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON has 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in past 5 vs. AFC. WR JARIUS WRIGHT has 8 catches for 172 yards (86 per game) & TD in past 2. WR CHARLES JOHNSON has 9 catches for 175 yards (87.5 per game) & TD in past 2. TE KYLE RUDOLPH has TD catch in 5 of past 10 games vs. AFC. Had season-high 7 catches & 69 yards last week…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 10 sacks in past 10. Is 3rd in NFC with 12 sacks. Has 5.5 sacks & FF in past 4 vs. AFC. DE BRIAN ROBISON has sack in 4 of past 7. Since 2012, CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN ties for 2nd in NFL with 4 INT-TDs & S HARRISON SMITH ties for 4th with 3 INT-TDs…DOLPHINS: In past 11, QB RYAN TANNEHILL has completed 264 of 380 passes (69.5 pct.) for 2,766 pass yards & 18 TDs vs. 9 INTs for 96.2 rating. Club is 16-3 (.842) when Tannehill has 90+ rating. Has 70+ comp. pct. in 5 of past 7 overall. Leads AFC QBs with 316 rush yards…In past 6 at home, RB LAMAR MILLER has 547 scrimmage yards (408 rush, 139 rec.) with 3 total TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.)…WR MIKE WALLACE led team with 104 yards on 5 catches with TD last week. Aims for 5th in row vs. NFC with TD catch. Since entering NFL in 2009, leads AFC WRs with 45 TD catches. WR-KR JARVIS LANDRY (Round 2, No. 63 overall) is tied for 1st among NFL rookies with 71 rec. & has 672 rec. yards with 5 TDs. Leads rookies in KR avg. (29.7)…In past 11 at home, DE CAMERON WAKE has 9.5 sacks, 3 FF & FR. Since joining Dolphins in 2013, CB BRENT GRIMES has 9 INTs, most among AFC CBs. LB JELANI JENKINS leads team with 97 tackles.

Vikings vs Dolphins Wednesday Injury Report

MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Anthony Barr (knee), S Robert Blanton (ankle, knee), G Charlie Johnson (ankle), DT Linval Joseph (illness), TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Matt Asiata (foot), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee), WR Greg Jennings (hamstring), DE Brian Robison (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Xavier Rhodes (wrist), S Andrew Sendejo (thumb)
MIAMI DOLPHINS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Nate Garner (illness), G Dallas Thomas (foot), RB Daniel Thomas (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday TE Charles Clay (hamstring), CB Cortland Finnegan (ankle), LB Jonathan Freeny (hamstring), LB Jelani Jenkins (foot), S Don Jones (shoulder), LB Koa Misi (hamstring, knee), CB Jamar Taylor (shoulder)

Dolphins Slammed by Patriots 41-13 after 24-Point New England Third Quarter

The Dolphins dreams for an AFC East title are officially over, and their hopes for the postseason are quickly fading away as well.

Tom Brady and the Patriots torched the Dolphins, as they won the AFC East Title Sunday with a 41-13 victory that puts the Dolphins at 7-7, and they may have just played themselves out of the postseason.

Brady threw two touchdown passes scoring on four series’ in the third quarter to put up 24 points, a team record for that quarter as they put the game away.

New England (11-3) can secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs by beating the Jets and Bills in their remaining games.

The Dolphins cut the lead to 14-13 on Ryan Tannehill‘s 32-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace with five seconds left in the first half, a play on which the on-field call that Wallace landed out of bounds was overturned.

Then the Patriots put the game out of reach with a huge 15 minutes.

On the first play of the second half, Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for a 34-yard gain down the middle, setting up a 3-yard touchdown run by LeGarrette Blount.

That came one play after Brady, hardly known for his running, scrambled 17 yards for a first down — the third longest run of his career.

The Patriots kept rolling with 10 points in 13 seconds.

Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 35-yard field goal, giving him a team record 1,160 points, two more than Adam Vinatieri. After Patrick Chung intercepted Tannehill’s pass, Brady connected with Gronkowski for a 27-yard touchdown with 4:30 left in the third quarter.

Just over three minutes later, New England boosted the lead to 38-13 on Brady’s 6-yard pass to Julian Edelman. Gostkowski made it five straight scoring possessions with a 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

The Patriots evened the season series that began with the Dolphins’ 33-20 win on Sept. 7, snapping New England’s streak of 10 season-opening victories.

The Patriots won the AFC East for the 11th time in 12 years. They only fell short in 2008, when Miami won the division after Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener.

Dolphins at Patriots NFL Week 15 Inactives

Dolphins: LB Jelani Jenkins, LB Koa Misi, LB Jonathan Freeny, G Nate Garner, OT Billy Turner, DE Chris McCain, RB LaMichael James.

Patriots: CB Alfonzo Dennard, OT Jordan Devey, OL Cameron Fleming, RB James White, LB Chris White, DT Dominique Easley, DL Zach Moore.

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Dolphins at Patriots NFL Week 15 Game Capsule

MIAMI DOLPHINS (7-6) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-3)

SERIES

DOLPHINS PATRIOTS
SERIES LEADER 51-44
STREAKS Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Philbin: 2-3 Belichick: 18-13
LAST WEEK L 28-13 vs. Ravens W 23-14 at Chargers
LAST GAME 9/7/14: Patriots 20 at Dolphins 33. Miami RB Knowshon Moreno rushes 24 times for 134 yards (5.6 avg) & TD. Dolphins WR Mike Wallace has 7 catches for 81 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/27/13: Patriots 27, Dolphins 17. New England RB Stevan Ridley rushes for 79 yards & TD. Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount adds 46 rushing yards.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Jenny Dell (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 119 (Mia.), 135 (NE.). XM: 227 (NE.).

STATS

PASSING Tannehill: 305-457-3044-21-9-92.6 Brady: 321-496-3560-30 (3C)-7-100.2
RUSHING Miller: 162-782-4.8-6 Vereen: 82-347-4.2-1
RECEIVING Landry (R): 63-573-9.1-5 Edelman: 85-884-10.4-3
OFFENSE 333.6 381.7
TAKE/GIVE +4 +10 (T3L)
DEFENSE 326.8 (3C) 349.8
SACKS Wake: 9.5 Ninkovich: 7
INTs Grimes: 5 (T2L) 3 tied: 2
PUNTING Fields: 46.9 Allen: 46.0
KICKING Sturgis: 110 (32/32 PAT; 26/31 FG) Gostkowski: 131 (1L) (44/44 PAT; 29/31 FG)

NOTES

DOLPHINS: In past 10, QB RYAN TANNEHILL has completed 235 of 333 passes (70.6 pct.) for 2,420 pass yards & 17 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 99.4 rating. Has won past 2 starts vs. Patriots, passing for 490 yards with 5 TDs for 101.7 rating. Club is 16-3 (.842) when Tannehill has 90+ rating. Has 70+ comp. pct. in 5 of past 6 overall…RB LAMAR MILLER led team with 89 scrimmage yards last week (53 rush, 36 rec.). Had TD catch in last meeting…WR MIKE WALLACE had 7 catches for 81 yards & TD in last meeting. Since entering NFL in 2009, leads AFC WRs with 44 TD catches. WR-KR JARVIS LANDRY (Round 2, No. 63 overall) leads NFL rookies with 63 catches & has 573 rec. yards with 5 TDs. Has 4 TD catches in past 6. Leads NFL rookies in KR avg. (29.8)…In past 9, DE CAMERON WAKE has 7.5 sacks, FF & FR. Since joining Dolphins in 2013, CB BRENT GRIMES has 9 INTs, most among AFC CBs. DE OLIVIER VERNON has sack in 2 of past 3 vs. Patriots. LB JELANI JENKINS leads team with 97 tackles… PATRIOTS: Last week, joined 49ers (1983-98, 16) as only NFL teams to win 10+ games in 12 consecutive seasons. Have won 8 of past 9…Last week, QB TOM BRADY passed for 317 yards & posted 64th career 300-yard game, eclipsing HOFer DAN MARINO (63) for 3rd-most in NFL history. In past 9, has 2,769 pass yards (307.7 per game) with 26 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 108.3 rating. Has 4,499 career comp. & needs 1 to become 5th player in NFL history with 4,500…In past 7 with Pats (incl. playoffs), RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT has rushed for 639 yards & 10 TDs…TE ROB GRONKOWSKI had 87 rec. yards with TD last week & became 1st TE in NFL history with 4 10-TD seasons. Leads NFL TEs with 997 rec. yards & needs 3 to reach 1,000 for 2nd time in career (1,327 in 2011). Has 6 TDs in past 6. Since entering NFL in 2010, leads NFL with 52 receiving TDs. WR JULIAN EDELMAN had career-high 141 yards on 8 rec., incl. 69-yard TD, vs. SD…In past 8, LB ROB NINKOVICH has 6 sacks, INT & FR. LB JAMIE COLLINS had career-high 2 sacks last week & aims for 3rd consecutive game with sack.

Dolphins at Patriots Wednesday Injury Report

MIAMI DOLPHINS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Jonathan Freeny (hamstring), T Nate Garner (illness), LB Jelani Jenkins (foot), LB Koa Misi (hamstring, knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday TE Charles Clay (hamstring, knee), CB Cortland Finnegan (ankle), LB Chris McCain (ankle), CB Jamar Taylor (shoulder)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Dion Jordan (ankle), TE Dion Sims (neck), S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring)
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB LeGarrette Blount (not injury related), DE Dominique Easley (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LS Danny Aiken (concussion), G Dan Connolly (ankle), WR Julian Edelman (thigh), T Cameron Fleming (ankle), LB Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), DE Chandler Jones (hip), WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder), DE Rob Ninkovich (heel), RB Shane Vereen (ankle), LB Chris White (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Tom Brady (ankle)