The regular season is almost over: today, the New England Patriots will host the Miami Dolphins in the two teams’ 16th game of the season. But even though the future is already written for both clubs — the Patriots will advance to the playoffs, the Dolphins head into the offseason — there is a lot on the line for the home team: New England will secure a first-round postseason bye with a victory over its division rivals.
With that being said, let’s find out how to actually follow the contest:
Game Information: Patriots (12-3) vs Dolphins (4-11)
Date: Saturday, December 29, 2019
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough MA
SB Nation affiliate: The Phinsider
The Patriots provide an in-depth breakdown on their website.
Broadcast team: Greg Gumble (play-by-play), Trent Green (color commentary), Melanie Collins (sideline)
The game will be carried locally by WBZ-TV Channel 4.
Station: Sports Radio USA
Broadcast team: Larry Kahn (play-by-play), Hank Bauer (color commentary), Troy West (sideline)
Station: 98.5 FM The Sports Hub
Broadcast team: Bob Socci (play-by-play), Scott Zolak (color commentary)
98.5 FM is available through the following stations:
- Boston MA: WBZ 98.5 FM
- Springfield MA: WAQY 102.1 FM
- Worcester MA: WWFX 100.1 FM
- Milford MA: WMRC 101.3 FM / 1490 AM
- Portland ME: WBLM 102.9 FM
- Bangor ME: WEZQ 92.9 FM
- Hartford CT: WTIC 1080 AM
- Concord NH: WNNH 99.1 FM
- Burlington VT: WCPV 101.3 FM
- Providence RI: WPRO 630 AM
For additional stations, please check out the broadcast information on patriots.com.
Live streaming: fuboTV (click here to sign up)
International live streaming: International viewers can follow the game by using NFL Game Pass.
Line: Patriots -16.5
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The confidence Patriots fans have in their team took a hit with back-to-back losses against the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs, but it rebounded well over the last two weeks: New England’s blowout win against the Cincinnati Bengals and division-clinching victory over the Buffalo Bills — arguably one of the most complete games the team has played so far this season — pushed the confidence meter back into the league’s upper echelon.
Heading into the regular season finale, 85% of Patriots fans feel good about the team according to SB Nation’s latest FanPulse survey. The number improved by 18% compared to last week’s, and now has the team’s followers ranked sixth in the NFL: only the Baltimore Ravens (100%), New Orleans Saints (100%), Chiefs (97%), Bills (89%) and San Francisco 49ers (87%) have a higher approval rating at this point in time.
The same cannot be said about the Dolphins, even though their score is far higher than one would expect of a 4-11 team looking to pick in the top five in the draft. However, fans apparently view the club’s rebuilding process as a positive one which would explain why 67% of them expressed their confidence through the FanPulse vote. This means that Miami ranks 10th heading into its final game of the 2019 season.
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