Monday September 1st, 2014

The Patriots and Dolphins start their 2014 seasons with an AFC East rivalry game in Miami. The Patriots won the division last season with a 12-4 record; Miami was 8-8 and tied with the Jets for second place. New England tight end Rob Gronkowski says he will play, after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL in January. 

Details for Sunday's game are below:

Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET

Live stream: The game can be live streamed through NFL Sunday Ticket.

TV coverage: CBS

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Game Facts​

Dolphins facts

The Dolphins broke a streak of four straight losing seasons with an 8-8 record last year. 

Joe Philbin is entering his third season as the Dolphins' head coach. Miami is 15-17 under Philbin.

Though he was not placed on the PUP list, center Mike Pouncey is recovering from offseason hip surgery and is not expected to play against New England. 

In June, the Dolphins unveiled plans for renovations to Sun Life Stadium. The improvements are expected to be completed by the start of the 2016 season.

Miami parted ways with general manager Jeff Ireland in January. Dennis Hickey was hired as his replacement.

Miami has not made the playoffs since 2008.

Ryan Tannehill is entering his third season as Miami's starting quarterback. 

Tannehill ranked tenth in the NFL with 3,913 passing yards last season.

Lamar Miller had 709 rushing yards last season, the 26th-most in the NFL. He moved to halfback after spending the 2012 season as a fullback.

The Dolphins were 3-1 in the preseason.

Patriots facts

The Patriots have made the playoffs in five consecutive seasons.

New England has not had a losing season since Tom Brady took over as the starting quarterback in 2001.

The Patriots traded former backup quarterback Ryan Mallett to the Texans last Sunday. 

With Mallett in Houston, rookie Jimmy Garoppolo will be Tom Brady's backup.

New England also traded guard Logan Mankins to the Buccaneers.

Brady was reportedly upset the Patriots traded Mankins.

The Patriots were 2-2 in the preseason.

Tommy Kelly, who started five games on the defensive line for the Patriots last season before suffering a season-ending injury, was cut by the team at the end of the preseason. He has since signed with the Cardinals.

Brandon Browner is suspended the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

When he returns, Browner will join fellow newcomer Darrelle Revis in the Patriots secondary.

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