Originally posted on Sox and Dawgs  |  Last updated 12/25/12
Patriots Look to Improve Playoff Standing This Sunday is the final week of the NFL regular season and the Patriots (11-4/5-0) host their long-time rival the Miami Dolphins (7-8/2-3) at Gillette Stadium.  It is an important game for New England so don’t expect head coach Bill Belichick to be resting or protecting any players by sitting them unless the game is out of control either way. With a Patriots win on Sunday they could possibly improve the playoff seeding.  A win clinches the 3rd seed but more importantly when you couple that with losses by Houston and/or Denver it will improve the teams playoff seed and give them a bye. If the Patriots win and either Houston loses at Indianapolis or Denver loses at home to Kansas City, New England is the 2nd seed in the AFC.  That’s because the Patriots own head-to-head wins over both the Texans and the Broncos. If the Patriots win and BOTH Houston and Denver lose then New England is the 1st seed in the AFC and home field adva...
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