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Beating Dolphins top priority for Patriots

FOXBOROUGH — On Sunday at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots will play a team that will not make the playoffs. They could rest some of their key contributors. The coaching staff could tuck away its more precious plays to keep them off their postseason opponents’ scouting reports.

But if they want a first-round bye, the Patriots need to beat Miami — and pull for other results to tip in their favor.

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