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Brady, Patriots finish with flourish
Miami's Sparano on hot seat

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady usually finds his targets. Now he can finally set his sights on playoff success.

The record-shattering star of the New England Patriots extended his streak to 11 games without an interception in the team's eighth straight win and fourth rout in five games, 38-7 over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

"Interceptions pretty much ruin my night," Brady said. "I'm glad tonight's not ruined."

He's ruined plenty of nights for opponents. For coach Tony Sparano and the Dolphins, their season was ruined even before their latest debacle.

Sparano, going into the final year of his contract, is in jeopardy of losing his job after four losses in the last five games. After leading the Dolphins to the AFC East title in 2008, his first season, he coached them to two 7-9 records.

"This is a business," Miami cornerback Benny Sapp said. "He is such a good coach. You just hate to see it go down like that."

The game meant nothing in the standings, but Brady played into the third quarter and, most importantly, stayed healthy as the Patriots (14-2) look ahead to the AFC divisional playoffs after a bye week.

"Time to move on now," said nose tackle Vince Wilfork, who had his first two sacks of the season. "One loss and you're out. Any little slip-up [and] the season will be done."

It was the fourth 14-win season for Belichick as coach of the Patriots, an NFL record.

Brady finished with 36 touchdowns passing and just four interceptions. He extended his NFL records to 335 straight passes without an interception and 28 consecutive regular-season wins as a starter at home.

The Patriots have the NFL's best record and already had home-field advantage for as long as they remain in the AFC playoffs.

"The greatest advantage we have is we don't have to play next week and we play at home the following week," Brady said, "so that's really what we've earned to this point."

The Patriots' dominance continued Sunday even though their top three receivers --Wes Welker, Deion Branch and Aaron Hernandez -- were inactive.

After Brady left, Brian Hoyer threw his first NFL touchdown, a 42-yarder to backup Brandon Tate.

Brady was sharp from the start and finished with 10 completions in 16 attempts for 199 yards and no interceptions. That made another record of his even tougher to break -- nine straight games with at least two touchdown passes and no interceptions.

After rookie Devin McCourty's seventh interception on the game's opening possession, Brady connected with Williamsville's Rob Gronkowski for a 13-yard touchdown, his 10th of the season as a receiver, most by a rookie and by a tight end in club history. Gronkowski had six catches for 102 yards.

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