The New England Patriots will conclude their regular season on Sunday when they host the Miami Dolphins. They clinched the AFC East several weeks ago, but will still have something to play for when they host the Dolphins on Sunday afternoon.
The Patriots are 11-4, and could still end up with the AFC's top seed with a win on Sunday, providing that both the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos each lose. They could also end up with the No. 4 seed with a loss and a Baltimore Ravens win.
The Texans and Ravens should both be finished by the time New England kicks off, but the Broncos are scheduled to start at 4:25 p.m. ET as well. Bill Belichick will likely have one eye on the scoreboard because of that, and may well pull the bulk of his starters if things don't go the Patriots' way.
The Dolphins have far less to play for, as they have already been eliminated from the postseason. They come into Sunday's game on the heels of two consecutive wins, having defeated the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars in the last two weeks.
Dec. 30, 2012, 4:25 p.m. ET
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
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