For New England, this is certainly a confidence booster.
The near-perfect performance - spurred along by 276 yards passing - helped Brady finish the season with 28 touchdowns and just two interceptions, despite missing the first four games due to suspension.
New England had 11 first downs. In case they are still banged up at wide receiver, newly acquired Michael Floyd played very well against the Dolphins. Being cut, embarrassed and soon to be suspended, this could finally be the wake up call he needed. Win and you get to stay home for the duration of the AFC's playoffs. He also successfully converted a two-point conversion, ran for six yards, and caught punts throughout the day without incident. Asked about Michael Floyd's punishing block on Julian Edelman's 77-yard touchdown, Bennett said, "That's an extra 50 yards, because Julian's not that fast".
It was expected that the Patriots would win in Miami, though the Dolphins are in the playoffs for the first time since 2008. The Dolphins finished 7-for-12, but they converted five straight third downs from the second quarter into the third quarter, including a touchdown pass to Kenny Stills on which the Patriots completely blew the coverage over the deep middle.
New England has already wrapped up the AFC East and will have a first round bye in the playoffs.
Jeff Hornacek's freaky excuse for Carmelo Anthony ejection
In the coming weeks, the Knicks have road games against the Bucks, he 76ers, and arguably the most risky , the Houston Rockets. However, the officials later reviewed the play and gave Anthony a flagrant-2 foul, which comes with an automatic ejection.
The Dolphins came into today's game with an outside shot of locking up the fifth seed and making a trip to face the Houston Texans next week. That means Miami will play in Pittsburgh either Saturday or Sunday. So when New England traveled from cold MA and beat the Dolphins in the warm weather in Miami, Brady released a Game of Thrones themed issue of TB Times. The Patriots lost to Miami during the the final week of the regular season and surrendered home field advantage to Denver.
The fact that the Patriots' top team will be turning up for this game suggests that they're going to be taking it seriously, and are therefore going to be too strong for the Dolphins.
Sunday was business as usual for the Patriots, and nothing from their win should give fans any less reason to expect a ninth AFC title.
The Patriots can clinch the number one seed in the AFC with a win. The thinking was that he is so important to the Patriots' postseason chances that keeping him healthy might be even more important that homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.