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Pats have something to play for, Philbin wants to make sure Dolphins do also

Some Dolfans that had a wide view of the season-finale against New England figured the Dolphins might be playing for a playoff spot while the Patriots wouldn't really have much to play for as they had already qualified for the playoffs and perhaps a rest for the postseason beckoned.

Well, it turns out the Patriots have a lot more to play for than Miami. So forget the idea of Tom Brady taking the day off or the Patriots laying down against Miami.

Indeed, with the Dolphins season all but over, it is Miami coach Joe Philbin that is concerned about his players not going to the game with the same attention span and intensity that they normally carry. And he made that point to the team at their meeting today.

"Obviously it's a concern," Philbin said today. "When I signed on to coach the 2012 Miami Dolphins, I knew there were 16 regular season games to be coached. I have the same focus and our staff has the same focus and same sense of urgency we had when we opened the season in Houston. There shouldn't be guys talking about what I'm doing New Year's Eve or I'm doing this, that and the other thing. Because we know the task at hand is a large one. So absolutely it's a challenge."

Nope, Philbin doesn't want to see his players packing their golf clubs in the their trunks this week. And as for that happening in New England? Forget it.

The Patriots may be playing for a first-round bye if they win and get help elsewhere.

"I'm sure we’ll all be aware of that, yeah. No question," quarterback Tom Brady said. "But I don’t think that changes what our goal is for the weekend. I think we’re trying to win this game regardless. It could be different if some other teams win, but that’s really out of our control. We’re just going to go out and try to win.

And why is winning so important regardless of whether it means a first-round bye or not?

"We’re trying to build some confidence this week in what we’re doing, go out and have good practices, and go out and see if we can execute better than we have been," Brady said.

"I'm sure we’ll all be aware of that, yeah. No question. But I don’t think that changes what our goal is for the weekend. I think we’re trying to win this game regardless. It could be different if some other teams win, but that’s really out of our control. We’re just going to go out and try to win.

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Monte must be a moron to think the Pats have nothing to play for. And for the poster who says the Pats do not play well in the snow or poor weather, he is looney too.

As for this game meaning Tannehil is better than Henne because it would be 8 wins v. 7, big deal.

As for the Fins playing Pats close last gamem, two OL starters out, best pass rusher out....

This game will not be close

I would be very concerned if the Dolphin players went into Sunday's game with the same attention span and intensity that they normally carry.

Brady and the Pats are going for it, dont kid yourselves. They've slept in their last couple againts San Fran and Jax where Brady wasnt himself either. Bad in the Jax game, despite the win. They cant beat Miami with the Jax effort. It doesnt take greatness to light up the Dolphins secondary and if Brady has a good game he will do just that. I expect he'll have a good game. And Bellicheck never gives a damned when it comes to his team running up the score. Any team would prefer a first round Bye and the Pats will play for that chance and for momentum and confidence going into the playoffs. Miami is going to get beat anyway but if the Fins dont show up they'll get shelled.

NE 38 - 13 MIA

Last year they won 6 meaningless games at the end that resulted in a loss for Andrew Luck and RGIII. Both these rookies are taking their team to the playoffs. Now the focus seems to be on a new logo. Where are the priorities? Hey Ross we the fans don't care about fancy logos, celebs, discos, or even a new roof. We need to see a few Lebron James on the field! Playmakers...PERIOD! Only one guy picked for the pro-bowl. That is depressing. The focus NEEDS to be on bringing in proven talent. And that my friends is something that has been lacking for too long! (Jeff Ireland).

This last game will be decided by turnovers. The question for us will be, can we play an error free game for 4 quarters? We must bring our running game to New England and get a lot of pressure up the middle on Brady since he tends to stay in the pocket. Do your magic Reggie!

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