Terry could make his 717th and final appearance for the Blues at home to the relegated Black Cats having announced earlier this season that he will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the campaign.
The 36-year-old has refused to rule out the possibility of retiring altogether, but having scored in a 4-3 victory over Watford on Monday night - his first league start since September - he is expecting his Stamford Bridge farewell to be even more emotionally charged.
"It is going to be a really sad and emotional day for me. But I am delighted with the experiences and the opportunities I have had. I was delighted first and foremost to start the game and then to score and win," he told Sky Sports News.
"It is important as a group we keep the momentum going into the FA Cup final so we must come back here and win our last home game. We haven't come this far to lose now, and what the manager stressed before the Watford game and again at half time is let's be the first team to win 30 Premier League games.
"Now we need to win our last game at home to Sunderland to do that and we need to keep our winning momentum going. [And] the FA Cup final will be brilliant but only if we go and win it."
Victory in the FA Cup final later this month would see Terry lift a 16th major honour as Chelsea captain.