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)
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.