New England Patriots vs Miami Dolphins [PREVIEW]
New England Patriots vs Miami Dolphins — 4:25 P.M.
Sunday, December 30 – Pre-game starts @ 1:00 pm LIVE on B98.5. You can also hear the pre-game and post game live on your smartphone or computer.
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
Miami (7-8) can finish at .500 by beating New England (11-4). The AFC East-champion Patriots can clinch a first-round playoff bye with a win and a loss by the Texans or Broncos. The Patriots can clinch home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs with a win and losses by both Houston and Denver. New England’s offense has scored the most points and accumulated the most yards in the NFL. The Miami defense has allowed just 19.3 points per contest. The Patriots beat the Dolphins, 23-16, in Week 13. Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill has not thrown an interception in 136 pass attempts. The New England defense has picked-off an AFC-high 19 passes.
The Patriots can end up as anything from the No. 1 to the No. 4 seed for the AFC playoffs following Sunday’s Week 17 action. Here’s a look at the scenarios:
Patriots get No. 1 seed if: Patriots win, Texans and Broncos lose. Patriots get No. 2 seed if: Patriots win, either Texans or Broncos lose and the other wins. Patriots get No. 3 seed if: Patriots, Texans and Broncos all win, or all three plus the Ravens lose. Patriots get No. 4 seed if: Patriots lose, Ravens win. The top two seeds in the AFC get first-round byes.
DL Jermaine Cunningham, whose four-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs ended on Monday, was activated off of the exempt list. DL Ron Brace was cut.