Game at a glance

The preseason finally, thankfully, mercifully comes to an end (get the feeling we don't like the preseason?) Thursday night when the Dolphins taken on the Atlanta Falcons. Here's a quick look at the matchup.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (1-3 in preseason) vs. Atlanta Falcons (3-1)

WHEN: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET

WHERE: Dolphins Stadium, Miami, Fla.

TV: WFOR-TV (South Florida); NFL Network (tape delay, Monday, 9 a.m. ET)

ANNOUNCERS: Craig Bolerjack, play-by-play; Bob Griese, color; Nat Moore, analysis; Kim Bokamper, sidelines

NFL RANKINGS (2004): Dolphins -- 29th in total offense, 31st in rushing offense, 21st in passing offense, 8th in total defense, 31st in rushing defense, 2nd in passing defense; Falcons -- 20th in total offense, 1st in rushing offense, 30th in passing offense, 14th in total defense, tied for 8th in rushing defense, 22nd in passing defense.

COACHES: Dolphins, Nick Saban (1st season with team); Falcons, Jim Mora (2nd season)

PRESEASON SERIES RECORD: The teams are tied 4-4

LAST PRESEASON MEETING: 2003 at Miami; Dolphins 30, Falcons 21

DOLPHINS INJURIES: DT Larry Chester (knee) and CB Will Poole (knee) are on PUP; C Wade Smith (forearm) will not play; LB Zach Thomas (ankle) is not expected to play.

GAME NOTES: As of Thursday morning, it was still unknown whether Gus Frerotte or A.J. Feeley would start at quarterback for the Dolphins. ... Look for the first-team offense and defense to play no more than one quarter. ... By beating the Falcons, it would mark the fourth consecutive year the Dolphins have finished with two preseason victories.


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