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An AFC East Division crown and a 12-4 overall record helped the Patriots end the regular season as SB Nation's fourth-best team.
On Sunday, the Patriots (12-4) polished off their regular season with a 28-0 victory over the Miami Dolphins. The record helped New England earn the AFC East Division title and first-round bye in the 2013 NFL playoffs.
Here's what Thorman had to say about the Patriots, who finished the season winning nine of their last 11 games.
4. New England Patriots (LW: 4, 12-4): The same position every year. Best offense in the NFL, 10-plus wins and a first-round bye. I'm going to copy and paste this for next season's power rankings.
New England will play the highest remaining seed in the playoffs on Jan. 13 (4:30 p.m. ET on CBS).