WHEN: Monday, 9:05 p.m. ET
WHERE: Pro Player Stadium; Miami, Fla.
TV: ABC (national)
ANNOUNCERS: Al Michaels, play-by-play; John Madden, analysis; Michele Tafoya, sidelines
LINE: Patriots by 9
NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins — 28th in total offense, 31st in rushing offense, 21st in passing offense, 8th in total defense, 29th in rushing defense, 2nd in passing defense; Patriots — 9th in total offense, 8th in rushing offense, 11th in passing offense, 11th in total defense, 9th in rushing defense, 18th in passing defense.
COACHES: Dolphins, Jim Bates (1st season with team); Patriots, Bill Belichick (5th season)
SERIES RECORD: Dolphins lead 45-33; New England holds a 2-1 advantage in the playoffs
LAST MEETING: 2004 at New England; Patriots 24, Dolphins 10
INJURIES: Dolphins — LB Tony Bua (quad) and FB Rob Konrad (back) are out/IR; LB Eddie Moore (calf/knee) and LB Zach Thomas (hamstring) are doubtful; DE David Bowens (back), QB A.J. Feeley (pectoral), K Olindo Mare (calf), RB Sammy Morris (ribs), T Damion McIntosh (back/ankle), DT Bryan Robinson (knee/shin), T John St. Clair (knee) and LB Renauld Williams (jaw) are probable.
Patriots — CB Tyrone Poole (knee) is out/IR; CB Ty Law (foot) and S Dexter Reid (shoulder) are doubtful; LB Matt Chatham (hamstring), CB Randall Gay (arm), WR David Givens (ankle), TE Daniel Graham (rib), WR Bethel Johnson (thigh), LB Roman Phifer (calf) and CB Asante Samuel (shoulder) are questionable.
GAME NOTES: The Dolphins will be wearing their orange jerseys, which they unveiled for the first time for a Sunday night game against Washington last year. ... Ten of the last 16 meetings between the teams have been decided by seven points or less. ... The Patriots have won 31 consecutive games when leading at halftime, the longest streak in the NFL since 1970. ... Sammy Morris will start at running back for the Dolphins. ... K Olindo Mare needs three points to surpass Garo Yepremian as the leading scorer in Dolphins history.