BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots are gunning for their third straight win this weekend when they pay a visit to the Dolphins in Miami.
It’s a potential “Hat and T-Shirt” day for New England, but they’ll have to break a recent woeful trend in South Beach. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Sunday afternoon’s kickoff:
– This will be the 107th overall meeting between the Pats and the Dolphins. Miami leads the series 54-52. The Patriots are 2-1 against them in the playoffs.
– The Patriots have swept their season series with Miami 10 times in franchise history. They have not been swept by a divisional opponent since 2000.
– The Pats are 16-37 overall all time in Miami, and just 4-15 in the month of December.
– Tom Brady is 79-19 against the AFC East in his career, but 10 of those losses have come against the Dolphins.
– Since 2000, Bill Belichick is 24-13 against Miami.
– A victory would give Belichick his 16th straight 10-win season.
– With a win, the Patriots will secure their 10th straight AFC East title, clinching a playoff spot for the 26th time in franchise history.
– A win on Sunday will earn Brady his 16th division title.
– Miami is 5-1 at home this season. New England is 3-3 on the road.
– The New England defense has not allowed a 300-yard passer in their last five games. They haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in nine straight.
– James White needs just four receptions to set the franchise record for catches by a running back in a season.
– Former Patriots receiver Danny Amendola leads the Dolphins with 48 receptions, 469 receiving yards and 22 first downs in his first year in Miami.
– For the second straight year, the Pats will close out the regular season with same four teams in the same four venues: at Miami, at Pittsburgh, home to the Bills and the Jets.
Tune in to Sunday’s Patriots-Dolphins tilt on WBZ-TV — the home of the New England Patriots. Coverage begins Friday night at 7pm with Patriots All Access, and we get you ready for the game Sunday morning with Patriots GameDay at 11:30 a.m. And stick with WBZ-TV after the game as we wrap it all up on Patriots 5th Quarter!