Patriots 23

(5-4, 3-2 away)

Dolphins 16

(3-6, 2-3 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 13, 2005


1 2 3 4 T
NE 0 3 9 1123
MIA 0 7 0 916

Top Performers

Passing: G. Frerotte (MIA) - 360 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: H. Evans (NE) - 17 CAR, 84 YDS

Receiving: M. Booker (MIA) - 5 REC, 102 YDS

New England (4-4) at Miami (3-5)

New England (4-4) at Miami (3-5), Sunday, 1:00 pm EST

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Tom Brady has a score to settle with the Miami Dolphins.

The two-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player was intercepted four times, including twice in the final two minutes, as the New England Patriots blew a late lead and lost to the Dolphins, 29-28, here last December 20.

It was one of two losses by New England and the highlight of Miami's otherwise dismal 4-12 season.

"I remember we blew an 11-point lead with four minutes to go," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "But that was last year. It has nothing to do with this Sunday."

Brady was 18-of-29 for 171 yards and three touchdowns but was yards and a score for New England.

The Patriots had won 39 straight games when leading heading into the fourth quarter before that loss.

But the Patriots went on to win their second straight Super Bowl title and third in four years and the Dolphins lured coach Nick Saban away from Louisiana State in the offseason, signing him to a five-year contract worth $22 million.

Saban and Belichick are close friends. Saban worked as Belichick's defensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns from 1991-94. In their last season together, the Browns earned a wild card berth with an 11-5 record.

Saban then left to take over at Michigan State, where he coached for five seasons before going to LSU, where he coached for another five years and guided the Tigers to a share of the national championship in 2003.

The Dolphins have lost four of their last five games under Saban, but trail the first-place Patriots by just one game in the AFC East.

New England has matched its losses from the last two seasons combined and continues to struggle defensively. The Patriots rank 30th in points allowed (27.5 per game) and 31st in yards (370.9) after Monday's 40-21 loss to Indianapolis.

Miami's strength is its running game, led by rookie Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. The two combined for 119 yards on 22 carries in the Dolphins' 17-10 loss to Atlanta last week.

New England has yielded 128.9 rushing yards per game and could use massive nose tackle Keith Traylor, who was released in the offseason and signed with Miami. Last year, Traylor rotated with Vince Wilfork at nose tackle for the Patriots. Last week, Traylor had five tackles and a sack for the Dolphins in the loss to Atlanta.

The Patriots also have missed Pro Bowl defensive end Richard Seymour, who has been sidelined for the last four games with a knee injury.

But Miami may have a tough time stopping the Patriots, who rank first in passing (275.9 yards per game). Brady completed 22-of-33 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns in the loss to Indianapolis.

Dillon has rushed for 325 yards on 66 carries in his last three games against Miami.

The Dolphins yielded 162 yards on the ground against Atlanta and allowed Michael Vick to throw for 228 yards.

Matchup to watch: Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch, who has 45 catches for 587 yards and three touchdowns, faces four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Sam Madison.

Series: Miami leads, 46-33, and has won 13 of the last 15 meetings at Dolphins Stadium.

Next week: New England hosts New Orleans, November 20 Miami visits Cleveland, November 20


Passing Leaders

T. Brady64.44770367
D. Amendola100.03600
R. Tannehill61.942082412
M. Moore100.01400

Rushing Leaders

L. Blount1657034.36
D. Lewis492344.82
L. Miller1948724.58
J. Ajayi491873.81

Receiving Leaders

R. Gronkowski72117616.311
J. Edelman6169211.37
J. Landry110115710.54
R. Matthews4366215.44

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsNE
Yards PassingNE
Yards RushingNE
Yards AllowedNE
Pass Yds AllowedNE
Rush Yds AllowedNE

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

New England leads 6-4
Dec 20, 2004NE 28, @MIA 29
Oct 10, 2004NE 24, MIA 10
Dec 7, 2003NE 12, MIA 0
Oct 19, 2003NE 19, @MIA 13
Dec 29, 2002NE 27, MIA 24
Oct 6, 2002NE 13, @MIA 26
Dec 22, 2001NE 20, MIA 13
Oct 7, 2001NE 10, @MIA 30