The New England Patriots needed a win to get a playoff bye.
They got a rout.
Now they get a weekend off to rest and prepare after dominating the Miami Dolphins 28-0 on Sunday and gaining the second seed in the AFC.
''Whoever we're going to face is going to be a good team,'' defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said. ''We have to start playing our best game and tonight was a good night to start it.''
Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes, Stevan Ridley ran for two scores and the defense had a season-high seven sacks. It was quite a turnaround from the previous two games when the Patriots started slowly and lost to the San Francisco 49ers 41-34 before beating the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars 23-16.
''We won 10 of 11 and the only loss was against a pretty good football team where we turned it over four times,'' Brady said. ''So if we don't turn it over four times I like our chances.''
New England (12-4) will be home on Jan. 13 for the divisional game against the Houston Texans, Baltimore ...