FOXBORO -- Julian Edelman returned Brandon Fields' second-quarter punt 94 yards for a score, setting a new record for the longest punt return for a touchdown in Patriots history. The score put his team up, 24-0, before halftime and the Patriots went on to roll the Dolphins, 38-7, Sunday at Gillette Stadium. 

 

Tom Brady put the finishing touches on a historic 2010 season on Sunday, extending his new standard for mistake-free football by a quarterback to 335 consecutive passes without an interception. After the game, Brady suggested that the fact that the milestone lasted through the final game of the regular season was important.

 

"Interceptions pretty much ruin my night," he said in his postgame press conference. "I'm glad my night is not ruined."

 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick declared himself "proud" of the performance of his football team following its regular season-ending 38-7 domination of the Dolphins at Foxboro. He professed enthusiasm for the way that all three units performed.

 

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady played into the third quarter and threw two touchdowns while Julian Edelman thrilled the Gillette Stadium crowd with a club-record 94-yard punt return for a touchdown just before halftime as the Patriots blew out the Dolphins, 38-7, in the season finale. The Patriots finish the season 14-2 and will have next weekend off until opening the playoffs at home in the AFC Divisional round in two weeks. 

 

Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis burst up the middle for a 10-yard gain on the second play of the fourth quarter against the Dolphins to give him 1,008 yards on the season. Green-Ellis became the first Patriots running back since Corey Dillon in 2004 (1,635 yards) to reach four digits.

 

FOXBORO -- Danny Woodhead suffered a head injury in the first quarter of Sunday's season finale against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. 

 

FOXBORO -- Wes Welker will not have another season-ending injury in the regular-season finale as the Patriots receiver has been deactivated for today's game against the Dolphins. Welker suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee in the season finale in Houston last year. Deion Branch is also inactive for the game, meaning Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer will be without the team's top two wide receivers.

 

Here are ten things worth keeping an eye on in Sunday’s Patriots-Dolphins game:

WHEN THE PATRIOTS HAVE THE BALL



According to the Boston Herald, Patriots defensive lineman Ron Brace "will almost certainly be placed on Injured Reserve" Monday, thus ending his season. Brace, a 2009 second-round draft pick out of Boston College, has been a strong presence on the line this season, recording 23 tackles.

The Dolphins ruled out three players on Friday after they missed practice for a third straight day. Linebacker Karlos Dansby and tight ends Anthony Fasano and tight end Lydon Murtha will miss Sunday's game at Gillette Stadium. Here is the complete Dolphins report from Friday:

 

Did Not Participate:

LB Karlos Dansby (toe) OUT

TE Anthony Fasano (knee) OUT

TE Lydon Murtha (head) OUT

 

Limited Participation:

CB Nolan Carroll (head) Questionable