Sunday, December 15, 2013
Welcome to Sun Life Stadium
By Mike Reiss
MIAMI -- Welcome to Sun Life Stadium, where the Patriots visit the Dolphins (CBS, 1 p.m. ET):
An early look at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.
Weather conditions: It is currently in the low 80s, with temperatures expected to rise into the mid-80s by kickoff. With about 60 percent humidity, it feels closer to the low-90s, according to Weather.com. Winds are around 10 miles per hour and there is no precipitation in the forecast.
Practicing inside to prep for heat: This will be the warmest game of the season for the Patriots, who prepared by practicing inside the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse all week, turning up the heat. Bill Belichick explained that the team has usually had to warm up for colder games, but in this case, they will have to cool down at the start, hence the change in routine.
Five more to declare inactive: The Patriots have already ruled out rookie receivers Aaron Dobson (foot) and Kenbrell Thompkins (hip), meaning they have five more players to declare inactive. Those decisions must be finalized by 90 minutes before kickoff, when they are announced.
AFC East title on the line: The Patriots clinch the AFC East championship with a victory today.
Corrente gets the call: Veteran referee Tony Corrente has been assigned today’s game. He previously worked the Patriots’ win over the Saints on Oct. 13.