Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • NE 321
    • 277 MIA
  • Turnovers

    • NE 1
    • 1 MIA
  • Possession

    NE MIA
    26:36 33:24
  • 1st Downs

    • NE 25
    • 15 MIA

Game Information

Hard Rock Stadium
,
Coverage: CBS
  • Miami, FL 33056
  • Line: NE -6.5
Attendance: 72,114
100%
Capacity: 65,326
Referees: Ron Winter
12/2/2012 ESPN.com news services

Pats sink Fins, clinch 4th straight AFC East title

Tom Brady had his least efficient game of the year and even threw an interception, but the New England Patriots took advantage of Miami's mistakes Sunday to win 23-16 and clinch their fourth consecutive AFC East title.

Scoring Summary

CBS1234T
Patriots7100623
Dolphins370616
first QuarterNEMIA
TD
11:59
Stevan Ridley 2 Yard Run
5 plays, 12 yards, 2:04
60
XP
11:53
Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good
5 plays, 12 yards, 2:04
70
FG
0:06
Dan Carpenter 44 Yard Field Goal is Good
6 plays, 7 yards, 1:44
73
second QuarterNEMIA
TD
9:26
Wes Welker 7 Yard Pass From Tom Brady
13 plays, 66 yards, 5:40
133
XP
9:21
Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good
13 plays, 66 yards, 5:40
143
FG
6:58
Stephen Gostkowski 43 Yard Field Goal is Good
4 plays, 0 yards, 1:01
173
TD
0:34
Ryan Tannehill 2 Yard Run
12 plays, 80 yards, 6:28
179
XP
0:25
Dan Carpenter Kick is Good
12 plays, 80 yards, 6:28
1710
fourth QuarterNEMIA
FG
13:21
Stephen Gostkowski 32 Yard Field Goal is Good
13 plays, 33 yards, 4:36
2010
FG
8:50
Dan Carpenter 33 Yard Field Goal is Good
12 plays, 65 yards, 4:48
2013
FG
1:15
Stephen Gostkowski 20 Yard Field Goal is Good
16 plays, 77 yards, 7:18
2313
FG
0:36
Dan Carpenter 42 Yard Field Goal is Good
5 plays, 56 yards, 0:39
2316

Research Notes

  • Tom Brady threw his 25th passing TD this season, his 8th season with at least 25 pass TD. That is tied with Drew Brees for the 3rd-most such seasons in NFL history.

  • Ryan Tannehill struggled when the Patriots brought five or more pass rushers Sunday, completing just 2-of-9 passes for 24 yards. Tannehill had been good against added pressure in previous weeks, ranking fifth in the NFL with a 71.3 Total QBR. Since the Patriots defense acquired Aqib Talib, they have been a more aggressive and effective unit.

  • Wes Welker caught 12 of his 18 targets for 103 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Dolphins. All 12 of Welker's catches came on throws 10 yards or fewer downfield. The only receiver with more catches on short throws in a single game this season? Wes Welker, who caught 13 in a Week 5 win against the Broncos.

  • Most Division Titles Since 2000

    Patriots10
    Colts7
    Eagles6
    Steelers6
    *2000: Bill Belichick's 1st season with Patriots

  • Wes Welker has 10 catches (and counting) today, his 17th career game with 10 receptions, which ties Jerry Rice for the most in NFL history.

  • Wes Welker recorded his 17th game with 10 catches more than twice as fast as Jerry Rice. While Rice did it in his 285th career game as a member of the Raiders, today marks Welkers 136th game.

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