The Patriots will end their 2012 regular season at home against the Miami Dolphins. Historically, the Patriots will usually use their players and keep them on the field even in games that may not matter. This game does provide the Patriots with an opportunity to improve their seed in the playoffs, but would not do too much for them. The 7-8 Dolphins will be looking to end their season with an even record at Gillette Stadium, and the team should be very proud of what they have accomplished with a rookie quarterback and a lot of holes on their team.
The Patriots were able to win last week, but in surprisingly difficult fashion against the Jaguars. The game ended 23-16 in favor of New England. The Jaguars did get off to a good start and led 10-0 at one point. They played very good on both sides of the ball, and the Patriots looked bad on the road. It was certainly something Coach Bellichek spoke to his players about all year. In a game that many would think the Patriots would score 50 points, they managed not even half of that.
The Dolphins were able to get a big win at home against the Bills 24-10. They lost steam in the middle of the season, and probably could have made a run at the playoffs if they had been more consistent. They do seem like a team on the rise, however, and it will be interesting to see what kind of holes they can get filled this offseason to improve upon their record. They certainly will look to end the season in good fashion and have given the Pats trouble in the past.