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From the archives | 2010

Patriots wallop Dolphins in season finale

FOXBOROUGH - In the playoff picture and in the standings, it was relatively meaningless. New England already had wrapped up its eighth divisional crown since 2001, and had sewn up the top seed in the AFC and the accompanying bye week.

But to the Patriots, yesterday’s regular-season finale against Miami was not without value. Sure, there were some key players with injury issues who got the day off, but for the most part, it was all hands on deck.

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