Patriots at Dolphins Week 13 Capsule

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (8-3) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (5-6)

SERIES

PATRIOTS DOLPHINS
SERIES LEADER   49-41
STREAKS Past 4 & 8 of past 10  
COACHES VS. OPP. Belichick: 15-11 Philbin: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 49-19 at Jets W 24-21 vs. Seahawks
LAST GAME 12/24/11: Dolphins 24 at Patriots 27. New England QB Tom Brady accounts for 3 TDs (2 rushing, 1 passing) as Patriots overcome 17-0 1st-half deficit in comeback victory.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/12/11: Patriots 38, Dolphins 24. Brady passes for 517 yards & 4 TDs as New England WR Wes Welker totals 160 yards receiving, including 99-yard TD catch.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf. SIRIUS: 92 (NE), 113 (Mia.). XM: 232 (Mia.).

STATS

PASSING Brady: 274-421-3,299 (1C)-24 (2C)-3-105.0 (1C) Tannehill (R): 197-334-2,373-7-12-72.9
RUSHING Ridley: 206-939 (3C)-4.6-8 (T3L) Bush: 150-662-4.4-5
RECEIVING Welker: 80 (2C)-961-12.0-3 Hartline: 55-807-14.7-1
OFFENSE 435.8 (1L) 321.3
TAKE/GIVE +24 (1L) -10
DEFENSE 390.2 358.5
SACKS Jones (R), Ninkovich: 6 Wake: 9.5 (3C)
INTs Wilson (R): 4 (T1C) 3 tied: 2
PUNTING Mesko: 42.4 Fields: 50.5 (2L)
KICKING Gostkowski: 111 (1C) (48/48 PAT; 21/26 FG) Carpenter: 65 (23/23 PAT; 14/19 FG)

NOTES

PATRIOTS: Aim for 12th consecutive win in Dec. Club is averaging 44 points per game in past 4 wins at Mia. Average NFL-best in points per game (37) & yards per game (435.8)…QB TOM BRADY has 14-6 career record (.700) vs. Mia. with 36 TDs & 91.1 rating. Has thrown TD pass in 43 consecutive games, 3rd-longest streak in NFL history. In past 5 (all wins), has 14 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 115.7 rating. Has 37-5 (.881) record in Dec…RB STEVAN RIDLEY (939) needs 61 rush yards for 1st 1,000-yard season. Aims for 5th straight game with rush TD. RB SHANE VEREEN had career-best 91 rec. yards last week, incl. career-long 83-yard TD rec. WR WES WELKER has 6+ catches in 9 consecutive games. Welker (961) needs 39 rec. yards to reach 1,000 for 5th time in career. Has 20 catches for 298 yards with 2 TDs in past 2 vs. Mia. PR-WR JULIAN EDELMAN has 4 TDs in past 2 games (2 rec., 1 PR, 1 FR)…TE AARON HERNANDEZ posted 7 receptions for 103 yards w/ TD in last game at Mia…Rookie DB TAVON WILSON is tied for AFC-best with 4 INTs…S STEVE GREGORY had 5 tackles, INT, FF & 2 FRs, incl. 32-yard FR-TD last week…DOLPHINS: QB RYAN TANNEHILL (2,373) surpassed HOFer DAN MARINO (2,210 in 1983) for most pass yards by rookie in Dolphins history. Team is 4-1 when Tannehill has 90+ rating. RB REGGIE BUSH aims for 5th consecutive game with 100+ rush yards in Dec. (100, 103, 203, 113). Bush rushed for 113 yards on 22 att. (5.1 avg.) in last game vs. Patriots. Since entering NFL in 2006, Bush leads NFL RBs in receptions (361)…WR BRIAN HARTLINE has career-best in catches (55) & rec. yards (807) in ’12. WR DAVONE BESS has 41 receptions for 526 receiving yards & 4 TD catches vs. NE (all most vs. any opponent). Had career-high 129 rec. yards last week, 4th career 100-yard rec. game…TE CHARLES CLAY had career-high in catches (6) & rec. yards (84) last week…DE CAMERON WAKE has 9.5 sacks in past 8. Wake needs half sack to reach 10 for 2nd time in career (14 in ’10)…LB KARLOS DANSBY leads team with 83 tackles.


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