For the eighth time in their history, the Dolphins are closing the regular season with a game at New England. But few of those games had more on the line than Sunday's matchup at Gillette Stadium.

The Dolphins win, and they clinch the AFC East. If they lose, the Patriots or Jets will win the division (New York would win with a victory over Green Bay) and the Dolphins will find themselves needing help just to make the playoffs.

What follows is a glance at the Dolphins-Patriots matchup.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (9-6) vs. New England Patriots (8-7)

WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

WHERE: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.

TV: CBS (Greg Gumbel, play-by-play; Phil Simms, analysis; Armen Keteyian, sidelines)

LINE: Even

NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins — 15th in the NFL in total offense, 4th in rushing offense, 25th in passing offense, 3rd in total defense, 5th in rushing defense, 8th in passing defense

Patriots — 22nd in the NFL in total offense, 28th in rushing offense, 12th in passing offense, 22nd in total defense, 27th in rushing defense, 14th in passing defense

COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (3rd year with team); Patriots, Bill Belichick (3rd year with team)

SERIES RECORD: Dolphins lead 44-27 (Miami is 1-2 in playoffs)

LAST FIVE MEETINGS: 2002 at Miami, Dolphins 26, Patriots 13

2001 at New England, Patriots 20, Dolphins 13

2001 at Miami, Dolphins 30, Patriots 10

2000 at New England, Dolphins 27, Patriots 24

2000 at Miami, Dolphins 10, Patriots 3

INJURIES: Dolphins — DE Rob Burnett (quad) and DT Larry Chester (ankle) are questionable; T Mark Dixon (ankle), FB Rob Konrad (knee), CB Sam Madison (hip), CB Patrick Surtain (heel) and DE Jason Taylor (groin) are probable.

Patriots — G Joe Andruzzi (knee), WR Deion Branch (leg), LB Tedy Bruschi (knee), TE Cam Cleeland (groin) and T Kenyatta Jones (knee) are questionable.

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