We’re at Gillette
Posted on November 30, 2008
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- We are on our seat here at Gillette Stadium, set for this afternoon’s Patriots-Steelers game. The weather is cold and dank, and expected to get worse as the afternoon goes on. Our plan is pass along news and notes as the game continues, as well as some occasional analysis. In addition, at the end of the game, we’ll have game notes, as well as quotes from the locker room.
- There are a few players on the field going through warmups, but no one is in pads quite yet. In addition to the local reporters, there’s a sizable contingent of national reporters who have been credentialed for today’s game, including ESPN.com, NBCSports.com, Yahoo and The New York Times.
- Here are a few quick numbers to look for this afternoon:
- 1: The number of fourth-quarter leads the Patriots need to hold to set the post-merger NFL record for most consecutive victories entering the fourth quarter. New England has won 38 straight games in which it has held the lead entering the final quarter.
- 3: The number of sacks Mike Vrabel needs to reach 50 for his Patriots career, becoming the sixth player in team history to reach that plateau.
- 15: The number of consecutive games (including playoffs) in which Wes Welker has had at least six receptions.
- 67: The number of receiving yards Randy Moss needs to reach 13,000 for his career.
- 158: The number of receiving yards Randy Moss needs to pass Steve Largent and move into the NFL’s top 10 all-time leaders in receiving yards.
- 385: The number of passing yards Matt Cassel needs to reach 3,000 for the season and become the seventh player in franchise history to throw for 3,000 yards or more in a season.
- 1.000: The Steelers winning percentage (8-0) when they hold a passer to 175 yards or fewer. Pittsburgh is 0-3 when it allows 175 yards or more.