Patriots Stomp Dolphins, Finish 14-2

The Patriots finished off their regular season at 14-2, and now there is nothing to do for the next two weeks except sit around and decide which AFC opponent the Patriots should fear the most. Most in the media feel it is Baltimore, putting stock in two things – the Baltimore beatdown of a much different Patriots team in last year’s wildcard playoff game, and the Ravens tough-talking style, specifically Terrell Suggs and his season-long tirade against Tom Brady.

At 14-2, all of these preseason worries seem pretty silly…we’re now at the point where Dan Shaughnessy is lecturing us that anything less than a Super Bowl is now a disappointment. (Look what he wrote prior to the season in the Globe predictions.) Also worth checking out is Eric Wilbur’s 2010 NFL preview roundup.

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A few quick links this morning as things are still pretty busy in these parts…

Ten Things We Learned Sunday: As playoffs loom, 2010 Patriots carving out their own identity – Christopher Price weighs in with the things to take away from yesterday.

Patriots engage in forward thinking – Mike Reiss already has the Patriots focused on their next target.

Firmly in driver’s seat – Karen Guregian has the Patriots hot as the postseason arrives.

Few holes in fill-in’s effort – Greg A Bedard has the Patriots reserves making the most of their opportunities.

Moore’s been nothing less than stellar for Pats – Danny Picard has the look at the contributions of former UFL player Eric Moore.

Four-thought on Pats and Bruins – Michael Felger thinks the Patriots caught a break with the Colts getting the three seed.

Woodhead leaves early with a concussion – The Globe notebook has the Patriots running back leaving the game early. The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport has Brian Hoyer getting a surprise first-half call.

Check coverage of the Celtics win over Toronto, and Rajon Rondo’s return at