The (13-2) New England Patriots are traveling to face the (10-5) Miami Dolphins.
The Patriots are looking to lock up the #1 seed in the AFC playoffs for the sixth time under head coach Bill Belichick. New England has reached the Super Bowl four of the previous five times (2003, 2007, 2011, 2014; did not reach in 2010) and have gone 2-2 in the Championship game.
A New England victory will also secure the Patriots an 8-0 road record for the 2016. Only six teams in NFL history have been 8-0 on the road for a single season: the San Francisco 49ers (1984, 1989, 1990), the St. Louis Rams (2001), the New England Patriots (2007), and the Dallas Cowboys (2014).
The Patriots defeated the Miami Dolphins 31-24 back in week 2, but the Dolphins had clawed back from a 31-3 deficit; New England needed an end zone interception in the waning moments to seal the victory.
Brady is looking for his 20th career victory over the Dolphins, making him the first quarterback in NFL history with 20+ regular season victories against three different teams. Here’s the list of quarterbacks with 20+ victories against a single team.
26: Tom Brady vs Buffalo Bills; Brett Favre vs Detroit Lions
23: Tom Brady vs New York Jets; Brett Favre vs Chicago Bears
22: Dan Marino vs Indianapolis Colts
21: Ben Roethlisberger vs Cleveland Browns; John Elway vs San Diego Chargers
20: John Elway vs Seattle Seahawks
19 (active): Tom Brady vs Miami Dolphins; Ben Roethlisberger vs Cincinnati Bengals
Date: Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida
Kickoff: 1:00 PM EST
Betting line: Patriots are the 10-point favorites
SB Nation Affiliates: ThePhinsider.com
Announcers: Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts, with Evan Washburn on the sidelines.
Boston, Mass. WBZ-TV Channel 4
Radio: 98.5 FM, with Scott Zolak and Bob Socci
Additional Information: The Patriots provide an incredible breakdown on their website.