Dan Marino

Patriots Clinch Home Field Through AFC Playoffs With 35-14 Win Against Miami

The New England Patriots finished the regular season with a perfect road record, and are hoping their next trip is to the Super Bowl.

Tom Brady threw for 276 yards and three scores Sunday to help the Patriots clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs by beating the Miami Dolphins, 35-14.

New England took a 20-0 lead in the first half, and turned away Miami's comeback bid with the help of a 77-yard touchdown catch-and-run by Julian Edelman and a 69-yard fumble return by linebacker Shea McClellin .

The Patriots (14-2) were already assured of a first-round bye but played all-out, as coach Bill Belichick had promised.

"It's just important to keep...

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