The New England Patriots are in the playoffs for the ninth time in 11 years. The Miami Dolphins missed them for the ninth time in 10.
Both, though, have a lot at stake on Saturday with the Patriots going for a first-round bye and many Dolphins playing for jobs next season.
And both have the same approach to moving toward those goals. Forget about them.
''Right now, all we're worried about is Miami,'' Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters. ''All the rest of it is just something for you guys to write about.''
Todd Bowles, a head coach for just one NFL game compared with Belichick's 291, isn't focused on what a victory would mean for his future in that position.
''I don't have any expectations, really,'' he said. ''I'm just trying to get the guys to play hard and play better and play fast and try to come out with wins. I don't control those decisions.''
The Patriots (11-3) clinched their third straight AFC East title last Sunday with a 41-23 win at the Denver Broncos. Ther...