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20th Anniversary of the Snow Bowl Game (Final Game at Foxboro Stadium & Whiny Raiders Nightmare)

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jmt57

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The Snow Bowl Game

aka the Tuck Rule Game



The final game to ever be played at Foxboro Stadium was a case of saving the best for last.

Saturday January 19, 2002 at 8:00
2001 AFC Divisional Round Playoff Game
New England Patriots 16, Oakland Raiders 13 in OT
Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Jon Gruden
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Rich Gannon
Odds: New England favored by 3

Pats improve to 12-5; move on to AFCCG at Pittsburgh
Oakland finishes 11-7

Key Stat I: plus-135 yards in total offense
Patriots had 365 total yards (312 passing), Raiders were at only 230 total yards (159 passing).
The Pats ran 22 more offensive plays (84-62) and held the ball for 11:41 more than Oakland (40:05-28:24). The Patriot defense forced Oakland to punt on nine of their twelve possessions (not including two kneel downs at the end of each half). The Raiders had only four drives that consisted of more than four plays.

Key Stat II: Special Teams
Adam Vinatieri went 3-3 on field goal attempts in extremely unfavorable conditions.
Troy Brown added 49 yards on punt returns; Charles Woodson had minus-3.

Key Stat III: Making plays in the clutch
From the fourth quarter on, Oakland's drives consisted of three punts and a knee.
New England finished with 13 points on a touchdown, punt, field goal, field goal.



The Patriots’ defense made two key stops in the fourth quarter, and then got the ball back with 2:06 remaining after Troy Brown’s punt return of 27 yards to the 46.
Helped by the two-minute warning, the Patriots had no timeouts left, and the ball was on the 42.
Then they were saved by the controversial call.
According to Coleman, “Obviously, what I saw on the field, I thought the ball came out before his arm was going forward. Then, when I got to the replay monitor and looked at it, it was obvious his arm was coming forward. He touched the ball. And they just hooked it out of his hand. His arm was coming forward, which makes it an incomplete pass.”
Many Patriots fans could only think it was revenge for what happened in the teams’ 1976 playoff game.
Brady completed nine straight passes, four to Jermaine Wiggins (who had 10 catches), three to David Patten, and one to Kevin Faulk before Brady scrambled in from the 6 with 7:52 remaining to pull to within 13-10.
Belichick said he and his staff watched tapes of the Buffalo blizzard game last season, and at the last minute included plays that were successful in that game. Wiggins caught a couple of big balls in that game.
“Jermaine had a couple of big catches in that game. He’s kind of a snow plow for us,” said Belichick.




All that was missing from tonight's playoff game at Foxboro Stadium was a snowplow, a prisoner on work release and a coach looking to clear a swath for a winning field goal.
In an American Football Conference divisional playoff game that looked as if it were played inside a snow globe, the New England Patriots left the snowplow on the sideline but still got a 45-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri with 27 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime and a 23-yarder at 8 minutes 29 seconds of overtime to beat the Oakland Raiders, 16-13, and advance to the A.F.C. championship game next Sunday.
. . .
''I can't say enough about this group,'' said Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, whose team trailed, 13-3, heading into the fourth quarter. ''They will not quit. To pull our way back we had a lot of big plays, big throws, big blocks. It can't get much closer than that.''
If this was to be the final game at Foxboro Stadium -- it will be razed as soon as the Patriots play their final game here this season -- it was a fitting way to go.
Snow began falling heavily at least two hours before kickoff and continued throughout. Snow accumulated in a small drift on the bill of Raiders Coach Jon Gruden's visor.
. . .
Quarterback Tom Brady scored on a 6-yard scramble that drew the Patriots to 13-10 with 7:52 remaining and then directed the eight-play drive that resulted in Vinatieri's tying field goal with 27 seconds left in regulation.
That drive included a controversial play on which the initial ruling -- that Brady fumbled and the Raiders recovered -- was overturned. After a review, the officials ruled that Brady was in the act of throwing, so it was an incomplete pass and New England kept the ball at Oakland's 42.
''His interpretation is the only one that matters,'' Gruden said. ''The Raiders have to live with it.''
The Patriots moved to the Oakland 29, and after three consecutive incompletions, Vinatieri tied the game.
''You can't get any tougher than that kick in four inches of snow,'' Belichick said. ''We didn't have a choice. It was our only shot.''
In the overtime drive, Brady, who completed 26 of 39 passes for 238 yards after halftime, completed six passes in a row and moved the Patriots to the 5. The entire offense acted as a human plow, chipping at the snow with cleats to clear a spot for Vinatieri's winning kick.



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Photo Gallery (note incorrect date in headline):



Patriots Snow Bowl Highlights



2001 AFC Divisional Round: Raiders vs Patriots | NFL Full Game
 

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I actually didn’t like watching that game because you couldn’t tell where any team was unless you where at the game or the announcer let you know.
 

Steve:Section 102

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I was sick as a dog the Thursday before the game, with tickets in my pocket and a day off from the dealership scheduled for game day. Fever of 102. My wife comes home to check on me, I'm in the fetal position in bed. I said to her "2-4" of snow at kickoff! I'm gonna rally!" I got up Friday morning and willed myself to work, knowing full well I was not going to be able to miss 2 days and then go to the game. Suffered thru and wasn't right until we ate dinner pre-game. We got to the stadium and I was ready. It was definitely one of those game time decisions LOL.

The atmosphere was nothing like I have seen before or since. Security was a mess, post 9/11. My buddy has his ticket taken at the gate by the ticket takers in a mad rush of people. I had to pass my ticket over the fence to him so he could get into the section.

Of all the cool things I remember about that night, one really sticks with me: we were never cold.

What a memory indeed.
 

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Watched the game at a friend's bar in Clear Lake TX near NASA HQ... The wife agreed to stay home with our two (Very young at the time) kids knowing that she would be on the road with residency interviews the next couple of weekends (she also probably didn't really believe that there would be another weekend for the Pats anyway)...

Never saw the game-tying FG, and that was on a fairly big screen < 20 feet away... As soon as the Pats won the OT coin toss though we all knew that the game was Ovah...

What a send-off for our old, mis-understood friend Schaefer Stadium... And many of the Patriots walking towards the stands, shaking hands on their way to the locker room... Powerful...
 

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Just thinking about watching that game on TV gives me chills.
If, after decades of following the Pats, you ask me for the three greatest moments (not games) in the Brady era, the first would be #4's kick to tie the snow bowl, the second would be his kick to win XXXVI and the third, Butler's INT at the goal line in XLIX.
 

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Pats fall to Denver in AFCCG


Sunday January 19, 2014 at 3:00
2013 AFC Championship at Sports Authority Field
Denver Broncos 26, New England Patriots 16
Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, John Fox
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning
Odds: Broncos favored by 5

Patriots finish 13-5
Denver improves to 15-3; faces Seattle in Super Bowl 48

The Patriots were without Rob Gronkowski for most of the 2013 season. He had multiple issues following surgery on a broken arm and subsequent infection, then tore his ACL and MCL on a cheap shot by TJ Ward in December. This was also the first season without Wes Welker, and missing those two for this game was a major factor. The Denver defense shut down the Patriot running game; LeGarrette Blount had five carries for six yards and Stevan Ridley had 17 yards on five attempts. Those two were rarely on the field after the first couple of drives, logging just 18 snaps between the two of them.

With Gronk and Welker gone the cupboard was bare for weapons in the passing game. Other than Julian Edelman and Shane Vereen, the passing options consisted of Austin Collie and Aaron Dobson at receiver and Michael Hoomanawanui and Matthew Mulligan at tight end. Danny Amendola was on the field for 41 snaps, but had the same number of pass targets (1) and receptions (0) as Matthew Slater.

The primary issue was not the Patriot offense though; the Denver offense dominated the New England defense. On their first possession the Broncos went 37 yards in seven plays before having to punt. They scored on every possession thereafter, other than running out the clock to end the game. The Pats defense was unable to come up with a turnover or a sack, with only three tackles for a loss. Denver was rarely faced with third and long (or even a third down of any length), rolling up 507 yards of total offense. The Broncos took a page from Bill Belichick's playbook, kicking a field goal to end the first half and then receiving the ball and scoring a touchdown to start the second half. That gave Denver a 20-3 lead.

On the ensuing drive a 2nd-and-2 at the Denver 28 turned into a 4th-and-3. It was apparent New England needed touchdowns, not field goals - but with his receivers unable to get open Brady was sacked. The Pats finally scored touchdowns on their next two possessions, but Denver added two more field goals for the final score.


Key Stat I: First Downs
Broncos 27, Patriots 19

Key Stat II: Plays from scrimmage / Time of Possession
Broncos: 71 plays from scrimmage, 35:44 ToP
Patriots: 54 plays from scrimmage, 24:16 ToP


AFC Championship Final: Broncos 26, Patriots 16 - Photo Gallery and Game Recap:


 

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Today In Patriots History
Johnny Rembert


Happy 61st birthday to Johnny Rembert
Born Jan 19, 1961 in Hollandale, Mississippi
Patriot ILB, 1983-1992; uniform #52
Pats 4th round (101st overall) selection of the 1983 draft, from Clemson

John Lee Rembert played in 126 regular season games and five playoff games in his NFL career, all with the Patriots. He had 16 sacks, 11 fumble recoveries and seven interceptions.

Rembert was named to the 1988 and 1989 Pro Bowl, and is a member of the Patriots All-Decade Team of the 1980s.



He was as dependable as they come playing linebacker for the New England Patriots. A steady player, Johnny Rembert enjoyed ten seasons (1983-92) with the Patriots. His best seasons came in 1988 and 1989 when he earned Pro Bowl Honors. “My experience there (New England) was great,” said Rembert. “When I first got there it was a team full of veterans. We had a wonderful group and learned a whole lot from Steve Nelson and Don Blackmon – the linebackers crop.”
Rembert was an integral part of the 1985 Patriots team, which was the first Patriots team to win the AFC Championship and play in the Super Bowl. However, in the end, New England fell hard to the Chicago Bears 46-10 in Super Bowl XX. Still, it was a season Rembert will never forget. “The Super Bowl year was a very special year and have dreams about it,” said Rembert. “I knew we had a really good football team. It was a wonderful feeling, a wonderful journey and it was a wonderful ride. Going down to Miami and even though we hadn’t won there in a long time, we just knew. We were ready and prepared for that game. Going down there and beating them to go to the Super Bowl is a memory I will never forget and being a part of carrying Raymond Berry off the field.”


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Johnny Rembert sacks Steeler QB Bubby Brister on October 19, 1986.
The Patriots shut Pittsburgh out by the score of 34-0 at Three Rivers Stadium.



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Today In Patriots History
Junior Seau


In memory of Junior Seau (1969-2012), who would have turned 53 today
Born Jan 19, 1969 in San Diego
Patriot LB, 2006-2009; uniform #55
Signed by the Patriots as a free agent on August 18, 2006

Junior Seau played in 38 regular season and four playoff games with Patriots. He was named to the Pro Bowl 12 times, and was a six-time All Pro. Seau was the 1994 Walter Payton Man of the Year. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015. It was so very unfortunate that he came so close, but was ultimately denied being a member of a super bowl winning team in his four seasons with the Patriots.




Junior Seau Highlights
 

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More January 19 Events


January 19, 1990:
Patriots release former number one draft pick Kenneth Sims. Over the course of eight seasons the defensive end from the University of Texas appeared in 74 games, with 17 sacks and five fumble recoveries. Taking into account his draft status, Sims is considered to be one of the biggest draft busts in franchise history - as well as one of the biggest number one overall draft busts in NFL history.




Happy 57th birthday to Ricky Reynolds
Born January 19, 1965 in Sacramento
Patriot CB, 1994-1996; uniform #21
Signed by the Patriots as a free agent on April 11, 1994

Reynolds played in 42 regular season games and one playoff game with Pats. During that time had six interceptions, four fumble recoveries, 4.5 sacks and one touchdown. Overall Reynolds played in 147 NFL games, with 23 interceptions.


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In memory of Lester Williams (1959-2017), who would have been 63 today
Born Jan 19, 1959 in Miami
Patriot NT, 1982-1985; uniform #72
Pats first round (27th overall) selection of the 1982 draft, from Miami

Lester Williams played in 40 regular season games plus five playoff games for New England, with 39 solo tackles, 60 assists, five sacks, three fumble recoveries and five passes defensed.


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Rookie Dan Marino scrambles to get away from Lester Williams on November 13, 1983. The Patriot defense limited the Miami QB to 141 yards and 14-37 passing to upset the Dolphins at Foxboro Stadium, winning 17-6.

The second of the Patriots' two first-round draft picks (27th overall) in the 1982 NFL Draft, Williams quickly established himself as a mainstay on the defensive front, starting all nine games during his NFL strike-shortened rookie year. The University of Miami product was a part of an impactful Patriots draft class that included the No. 1 overall pick, defensive end Kenneth Sims, running back Robert Weathers (second round), Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett (second round), guard Darryl Haley (second round), wide receiver Cedric Jones (third round), linebacker Clayton Weishuhn (third round) and free safety Fred Marion (fifth round), a fellow All-American with Williams at Miami.
"I am very proud to be part of the 1982 draft class, and having Lester Williams as a part of that class made playing defense a lot more fun," said Tippett. "As a nose tackle, Lester was a key to our success in the 3-4 defense. I remember how frustrated opposing centers became playing against him. He anchored the line for us and was a great teammate to play alongside.




Happy 77th birthday to Bobby Leo
Born Jan 19, 1945 in Everett
Patriot RB/KR/PR 1967-1968; uniform #24
Pats 7th round (180th overall) selection of the 1967 draft, from Harvard




Alumni Bio - Bobby Leo | Patriots.com
In his first game against the Buffalo Bills at Fenway Park on national television, Bobby returned a punt for 70 yards and caught a pass from Vito “Babe” Parilli for a 26-yard touchdown.
In 1993 Bobby was selected to the Harvard College Football Hall of Fame, and in 1999 he was named 3rd out of the Boston Globe’s top ten all-time schoolboy football players from Massachusetts.​


Pats at Fenway 1967

Bobby Leo High School Reunion

1966 Harvard Highlights




Happy 32nd birthday to Jonathan Cooper
Born January 19, 1990 in Wilmington NC
Pats guard, 2016; uniform #65
Acquired March 15, 2016 from Arizona

The Pats received Cooper and the 61st overall pick in exchange for Chandler Jones, who was close to becoming a free agent - and had a bizarre shirtless incident at Foxboro police station days before a playoff game two months earlier. New England then traded 2.61 to the Saints for a third (#78 overall, Joe Thuney) and fourth (#112, Malcolm Mitchell), salvaging that trade somewhat.

The Patriots waived Cooper on October 8, 2016; he never played a single down with the Pats.

The Jonathan Cooper era in New England has ended before it truly could begin.
The Patriots on Saturday released Cooper, a source told ESPN’s Field Yates. The 26-year-old guard had yet to appear in a game for New England as he continued to recover from a foot injury suffered during the first week of training camp.
In a corresponding move, the Patriots signed defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton off their practice squad, a source told NESN.com’s Doug Kyed. Hamilton will shore up the team’s defensive front, which lacked depth entering Sunday’s matchup with the Cleveland Browns.
Cooper’s reported release came three days after he was removed from the Patriots’ injury report for the first time this season. He had been listed as a limited participant in practice until Wednesday.




Two other pro football players with New England connections born on this date:

Frank Hubbell (1922 - 2005)
Born and raised in Bridgeport CT
Played end and defensive end for the Rams in the 1940s.

Frank Trigilio (1919 - 1992)
University of Vermont
Was a fullback for the Los Angeles Dons and Miami Seahawks in the AAFC.
 

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Today In Patriots History
The Snow Bowl Game

aka the Tuck Rule Game



The final game to ever be played at Foxboro Stadium was a case of saving the best for last.

Saturday January 19, 2002 at 8:00
2001 AFC Divisional Round Playoff Game
New England Patriots 16, Oakland Raiders 13 in OT
Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Jon Gruden
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Rich Gannon
Odds: New England favored by 3

Pats improve to 12-5; move on to AFCCG at Pittsburgh
Oakland finishes 11-7

Key Stat I: plus-135 yards in total offense
Patriots had 365 total yards (312 passing), Raiders were at only 230 total yards (159 passing).
The Pats ran 22 more offensive plays (84-62) and held the ball for 11:41 more than Oakland (40:05-28:24). The Patriot defense forced Oakland to punt on nine of their twelve possessions (not including two kneel downs at the end of each half). The Raiders had only four drives that consisted of more than four plays.

Key Stat II: Special Teams
Adam Vinatieri went 3-3 on field goal attempts in extremely unfavorable conditions.
Troy Brown added 49 yards on punt returns; Charles Woodson had minus-3.

Key Stat III: Making plays in the clutch
From the fourth quarter on, Oakland's drives consisted of three punts and a knee.
New England finished with 13 points on a touchdown, punt, field goal, field goal.



The Patriots’ defense made two key stops in the fourth quarter, and then got the ball back with 2:06 remaining after Troy Brown’s punt return of 27 yards to the 46.
Helped by the two-minute warning, the Patriots had no timeouts left, and the ball was on the 42.
Then they were saved by the controversial call.
According to Coleman, “Obviously, what I saw on the field, I thought the ball came out before his arm was going forward. Then, when I got to the replay monitor and looked at it, it was obvious his arm was coming forward. He touched the ball. And they just hooked it out of his hand. His arm was coming forward, which makes it an incomplete pass.”
Many Patriots fans could only think it was revenge for what happened in the teams’ 1976 playoff game.
Brady completed nine straight passes, four to Jermaine Wiggins (who had 10 catches), three to David Patten, and one to Kevin Faulk before Brady scrambled in from the 6 with 7:52 remaining to pull to within 13-10.
Belichick said he and his staff watched tapes of the Buffalo blizzard game last season, and at the last minute included plays that were successful in that game. Wiggins caught a couple of big balls in that game.
“Jermaine had a couple of big catches in that game. He’s kind of a snow plow for us,” said Belichick.




All that was missing from tonight's playoff game at Foxboro Stadium was a snowplow, a prisoner on work release and a coach looking to clear a swath for a winning field goal.
In an American Football Conference divisional playoff game that looked as if it were played inside a snow globe, the New England Patriots left the snowplow on the sideline but still got a 45-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri with 27 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime and a 23-yarder at 8 minutes 29 seconds of overtime to beat the Oakland Raiders, 16-13, and advance to the A.F.C. championship game next Sunday.
. . .
''I can't say enough about this group,'' said Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, whose team trailed, 13-3, heading into the fourth quarter. ''They will not quit. To pull our way back we had a lot of big plays, big throws, big blocks. It can't get much closer than that.''
If this was to be the final game at Foxboro Stadium -- it will be razed as soon as the Patriots play their final game here this season -- it was a fitting way to go.
Snow began falling heavily at least two hours before kickoff and continued throughout. Snow accumulated in a small drift on the bill of Raiders Coach Jon Gruden's visor.
. . .
Quarterback Tom Brady scored on a 6-yard scramble that drew the Patriots to 13-10 with 7:52 remaining and then directed the eight-play drive that resulted in Vinatieri's tying field goal with 27 seconds left in regulation.
That drive included a controversial play on which the initial ruling -- that Brady fumbled and the Raiders recovered -- was overturned. After a review, the officials ruled that Brady was in the act of throwing, so it was an incomplete pass and New England kept the ball at Oakland's 42.
''His interpretation is the only one that matters,'' Gruden said. ''The Raiders have to live with it.''
The Patriots moved to the Oakland 29, and after three consecutive incompletions, Vinatieri tied the game.
''You can't get any tougher than that kick in four inches of snow,'' Belichick said. ''We didn't have a choice. It was our only shot.''
In the overtime drive, Brady, who completed 26 of 39 passes for 238 yards after halftime, completed six passes in a row and moved the Patriots to the 5. The entire offense acted as a human plow, chipping at the snow with cleats to clear a spot for Vinatieri's winning kick.



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Photo Gallery (note incorrect date in headline):



Patriots Snow Bowl Highlights



2001 AFC Divisional Round: Raiders vs Patriots | NFL Full Game
I couldn't help but watch that again. Wiggy had a great game. It never gets old and reminds me of the time I explained to another Pats fan why it was easily a legit call. I took those Raiduh tears, dehydrated them and used it as salt back in the day. I also added a 25 year curse on the Raiduhs which is still doing well and will be until 2027.
 

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Today In Patriots History
Junior Seau


In memory of Junior Seau (1969-2012), who would have turned 53 today
Born Jan 19, 1969 in San Diego
Patriot LB, 2006-2009; uniform #55
Signed by the Patriots as a free agent on August 18, 2006

Junior Seau played in 38 regular season and four playoff games with Patriots. He was named to the Pro Bowl 12 times, and was a six-time All Pro. Seau was the 1994 Walter Payton Man of the Year. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015. It was so very unfortunate that he came so close, but was ultimately denied being a member of a super bowl winning team in his four seasons with the Patriots.




Junior Seau Highlights

I don't know exactly what his role on the TD was, but it never should've mattered anyway.


p.s.: I ass-ume we all know which TD that is.
 
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Pats fall to Denver in AFCCG


Sunday January 19, 2014 at 3:00
2013 AFC Championship at Sports Authority Field
Denver Broncos 26, New England Patriots 16
Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, John Fox
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning
Odds: Broncos favored by 5

Patriots finish 13-5
Denver improves to 15-3; faces Seattle in Super Bowl 48

The Patriots were without Rob Gronkowski for most of the 2013 season. He had multiple issues following surgery on a broken arm and subsequent infection, then tore his ACL and MCL on a cheap shot by TJ Ward in December. This was also the first season without Wes Welker, and missing those two for this game was a major factor. The Denver defense shut down the Patriot running game; LeGarrette Blount had five carries for six yards and Stevan Ridley had 17 yards on five attempts. Those two were rarely on the field after the first couple of drives, logging just 18 snaps between the two of them.

With Gronk and Welker gone the cupboard was bare for weapons in the passing game. Other than Julian Edelman and Shane Vereen, the passing options consisted of Austin Collie and Aaron Dobson at receiver and Michael Hoomanawanui and Matthew Mulligan at tight end. Danny Amendola was on the field for 41 snaps, but had the same number of pass targets (1) and receptions (0) as Matthew Slater.

The primary issue was not the Patriot offense though; the Denver offense dominated the New England defense. On their first possession the Broncos went 37 yards in seven plays before having to punt. They scored on every possession thereafter, other than running out the clock to end the game. The Pats defense was unable to come up with a turnover or a sack, with only three tackles for a loss. Denver was rarely faced with third and long (or even a third down of any length), rolling up 507 yards of total offense. The Broncos took a page from Bill Belichick's playbook, kicking a field goal to end the first half and then receiving the ball and scoring a touchdown to start the second half. That gave Denver a 20-3 lead.

On the ensuing drive a 2nd-and-2 at the Denver 28 turned into a 4th-and-3. It was apparent New England needed touchdowns, not field goals - but with his receivers unable to get open Brady was sacked. The Pats finally scored touchdowns on their next two possessions, but Denver added two more field goals for the final score.


Key Stat I: First Downs
Broncos 27, Patriots 19

Key Stat II: Plays from scrimmage / Time of Possession
Broncos: 71 plays from scrimmage, 35:44 ToP
Patriots: 54 plays from scrimmage, 24:16 ToP


AFC Championship Final: Broncos 26, Patriots 16 - Photo Gallery and Game Recap:


That's the game Pot Roast stopped our run game. Too bad we didn't get that version of Pot Roast a few years later. Or this past season.
 

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Watched the game at a friend's bar in Clear Lake TX near NASA HQ... The wife agreed to stay home with our two (Very young at the time) kids knowing that she would be on the road with residency interviews the next couple of weekends (she also probably didn't really believe that there would be another weekend for the Pats anyway)...

Never saw the game-tying FG, and that was on a fairly big screen < 20 feet away... As soon as the Pats won the OT coin toss though we all knew that the game was Ovah...

What a send-off for our old, mis-understood friend Schaefer Stadium... And many of the Patriots walking towards the stands, shaking hands on their way to the locker room... Powerful...

Tuzla / Eagle Base, Bosnia. Watched the game at a the rec "center" / coffee shop. Little did I know that this would be the first of many heart attack games to come over the next few seasons.
 

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Today In Patriots History
More January 19 Events



Happy 57th birthday to Ricky Reynolds
Born January 19, 1965 in Sacramento
Patriot CB, 1994-1996; uniform #21
Signed by the Patriots as a free agent on April 11, 1994

Reynolds played in 42 regular season games and one playoff game with Pats. During that time had six interceptions, four fumble recoveries, 4.5 sacks and one touchdown. Overall Reynolds played in 147 NFL games, with 23 interceptions.


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I Love the photo on the left... Bring this back!!!

(except for Elvis, of course.)
 

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Tuzla / Eagle Base, Bosnia. Watched the game at a the rec "center" / coffee shop. Little did I know that this would be the first of many heart attack games to come over the next few seasons.

If you watched that game live, it must not have started until midnight...?
 

jmt57

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Programming Note:

ESPN will premier a retrospective of the game on February 6. I'll surely have to hit the mute button every time a former Raider is interviewed.


On a side note, why do so many sports writers feel they compelled to describe that single play as "infamous" when the referee made the correct call? Look up the definition of infamous and one finds "well known for some bad quality or deed", synonymous with the adjectives "abominable, shocking, shameful and disgraceful". Walt Coleman made the correct call, period. But that enduring perception made for an easy transition to the cheaters label with spygate and deflategate.
 

captain stone

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Programming Note:

ESPN will premier a retrospective of the game on February 6. I'll surely have to hit the mute button every time a former Raider is interviewed.


On a side note, why do so many sports writers feel they compelled to describe that single play as "infamous" when the referee made the correct call? Look up the definition of infamous and one finds "well known for some bad quality or deed", synonymous with the adjectives "abominable, shocking, shameful and disgraceful". Walt Coleman made the correct call, period. But that enduring perception made for an easy transition to the cheaters label with spygate and deflategate.

The call was so clear to make in fact that Gill & Geno were already discussing the possibility that it was an Incomplete pass before they even saw the replay... And once the replay was shown it was Completely obvious what the Correct call should be.
 

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