Game time: Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET
The New England Patriots should have a pretty good idea whether their regular-season finale has any significance in the AFC playoff picture before the opening kickoff.
Either way, it may mean something to their confidence heading into the postseason.
After a pair of uninspiring starts, the Patriots look to produce a better first half of football Sunday when they host the Miami Dolphins.
New England (11-4) fell behind lowly Jacksonville 10-0 in the first 10 minutes last weekend. Although the AFC East champions recovered for a 23-16 victory, their slow start the previous week may have cost them a bye in the playoffs.
The Patriots trailed San Francisco 31-3 at home Dec. 16, rallying to tie the score but eventually losing 41-34. That leaves them one game behind both Houston and Denver going into Week 17.
"We've got to do a better job," Tom Brady said Monday during his weekly appearance on WEEI radio. "We've got some pretty important weeks ...