STREAKS: Dolphins have won five straight; Patriots have won four straight
WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
WHERE: Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
ANNOUNCERS: Kevin Harlan, play-by-play; Randy Cross, analysis
LINE: New England by 6
NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins -- 15th in total offense, 13th in rushing offense, 18th in passing offense, 20th in total defense, 19th in rushing defense, 19th in passing defense; Patriots -- 7th in total offense, 20th in rushing offense, 2nd in passing offense, 24th in total defense, 4th in rushing defense, 28th in passing defense.
COACHES: Dolphins, Nick Saban (1st season with team); Patriots, Bill Belichick (6th season)
SERIES RECORD: The Dolphins lead 45-32, but the Patriots are 2-1 in the playoffs
LAST MEETING: 2005 at Miami; Patriots 23, Dolphins 16
DOLPHINS INJURIES: RB Ronnie Brown (knee/ankle) is questionable.
PATRIOTS INJURIES: LB Tedy Bruschi (calf) is questionable; QB Tom Brady (shoulder), RB Corey Dillon (calf), RB Heath Evans (shoulder), TE Christian Fauria (foot), TE Daniel Graham (shoulder), DE Jarvis Green (shoulder), S Artrell Hawkins (thigh), WR Bethel Johnson (knee), T Nick Kaczur (shoulder), RB Patrick Pass (hamstring) and CB Asante Samuel (head) are probable.
GAME NOTES: The Dolphins need one sack to tie the franchise record of 49, set in 1983. ... This will be the first time in franchise history the Dolphins play on New Year's Day. ... The teams have met in the regular season finale eight previous times, with each team winning four times. ... RB Ronnie Brown needs 114 yards rushing to reach the 1,000-yard mark. ... P Donnie Jones needs one punt downed inside the 20 to tie the franchise record of 29, held by Matt Turk.