New England is expected to take some help on the defensive side of the ball in the first round.
The New England Patriots finished the regular season with a 12-4 record, and on Tuesday SB Nation's final NFL power rankings ranked them the No. 4 team in the league.
The SB Nation mock draft has the New England Patriots selecting safety Phillip Thomas in the first round or possibly going with a wide receiver. Thomas was a Thorpe Award finalist at Fresno St. in his senior season.
Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich left Sunday's 28-0 victory over Miami with a hip injury and his status for the playoffs is unknown. Earning a first round bye, however, should help the Patriots rehabilitate some before beginning the postseason.
The New England Patriots will await their second-round opponent. Here is the complete schedule for the Wild Card round of the 2013 playoffs.
The New England Patriots finished the 2012 regular season with a 28-0 victory over the Miami Dolphins and as SB Nation's Patriots blog wrote after the game, it was a 'complete victory.'
After a Week 16 win over the Jaguars improved the team's record to 11-4, the New England Patriots will be looking to end the regular season on a high note against the Miami Dolphins.
The Patriots will conclude the regular season by hosting the Miami Dolphins, possibly playing for the AFC's top seed.