Pats get first-round bye
posted Dec 31 2012 4:01AM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots earned also earned a playoff bye with a 28-0 win over the Miami Dolphins, their first shutout since 2009. Stevan Ridley ran for two touchdowns as New England used a ball-control offense and a defense that racked up a season-high seven sacks.