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Dolphins, Patriots get ready for 'luge run'

BOSTON -- The first major snowstorm of the season in the
Northeast couldn't keep the Miami Dolphins from their scheduled
showdown against the New England Patriots.

Even as a major winter storm pounded the area Saturday
afternoon, the Dolphins landed at T.F. Green Airport outside
Providence, R.I., about 20 miles from Gillette Stadium.

The storm was expected to dump as much as 20 inches of snow on
the area by noon Sunday, four hours before kickoff.

A crew of 150 began clearing the snow out of the stadium as soon
as it started to accumulate, Patriots spokesman Stacey James said.

Tractors are being used to push the snow off the
tarpaulin-covered field. Front loaders will be used to carry that
snow away, and workers are using slides to clear the snow from the
aisles.

"It looks like a luge run," James said.

The Patriots can clinch the AFC East title with a win over
Miami. A New England loss would trim the Patriots' lead over the
Dolphins to one game with three to play.