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Dolphins vs. Patriots 2012: Game preview, kickoff time, TV schedule and more

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Miami finishes its season with rival New England on Sunday afternoon.


The perfect way for the Miami Dolphins to end their season is with an upset.

The Dolphins (7-8) will travel north to play AFC East rival New England Patriots (11-4) on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.

Miami will try to end its season on a high note against a team it nearly beat at the beginning of the month. On Dec. 2, the Patriots edged the Dolphins 23-16. Ryan Tannehill rushed for a touchdown in the second quarter, but the rest of the Dolphins' scoring came from kicker Dan Carpenter.

The Dolphins are riding a two-game winning streak, their second-longest streak of the season. Miami is coming off convincing wins over the Jacksonville Jaguars (24-3) and the Buffalo Bills (24-10).

Despite clinching the AFC East with that first win over the Dolphins, the Patriots are still playing for something Sunday. If the Patriots win and the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos lose, the Patriots will be the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. If the Patriots win and one of those teams lose, New England will get a first-round bye.

The game will air on CBS.

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