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Brent Grimes

Patriots Hope For No. 1 Seed; Miami Hopes For A Win

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — This year the Miami Dolphins really, truly, sincerely believed they could gain ground on the New England Patriots, and perhaps even catch their longtime AFC East nemesis.

Instead the yawning gap only grew.

The Dolphins (5-10) are assured of finishing last in the division for the first time since 2007. For the seventh year in a row, their season will end with the regular-season finale — which happens to be against New England on Sunday.

The Patriots (12-3) have already won their sixth consecutive division title and can clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs by beating Miami.

Like the other teams in the AFC East, the Dolphins have...