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Today in Patriots History
Pats defeat Colts in AFCCG (twice)

Sunday January 18, 2004 at 3:00
2003 AFC Championship Game at Gillette
New England Patriots 24, Indianapolis Colts 14
Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Tony Dungy
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning
Odds: Pats favored by 3½

Pats improve to 16-2; advance to Super Bowl 38 vs Carolina
Colts finish 14-5

Key Stat I : The Colts turn the ball over five times, including four interceptions by Peyton Manning. Ty Law had an amazing day with three picks, and Rodney Harrison had another.

Key Stat II: Marvin Harrison was limited to just three receptions for 19 yards, plus had one turnover on a fumble (Rodney Harrison once again. He too had a great game, with ten tackles (7 solo), an interception, a forced fumble and a deflected pass).

Key Patriot Stats:
- Manning was sacked four times; Brady sacked zero times
- Antowain Smith: 22 carries for 100 yards
- Troy Brown: 7 receptions for 88 yards
- David Givens: 8 receptions (on 9 targets) for 68 yards and a touchdown


Below is an excellent post-game article from Sports Illustrated:

Having heard about Colts tight end Marcus Pollard's proclamation that if the Colts kept playing well, the league "might as well just hand us the rings," Belichick disdainfully told his players, "Nobody hands you a ring. I don't care how much money you have, you can't f------ buy one. You have to play, and you have to earn it." Then, pulling out his 2001 Super Bowl ring and raising it high above his head, Belichick continued, "This has to be earned, and there's only one way to do that. Either they kick your ass, or you kick theirs."​

2003 AFC Championship: Patriots vs Colts Highlights (3 min)

2003 AFC Championship Game: Patriots vs Colts - Full Game


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Today in Patriots History
Pats defeat Colts in AFCCG (twice)

Sunday January 18, 2015 at 6:50
2014 AFC Championship Game at Gillette
New England Patriots 45, Indianapolis Colts 7
Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Chuck Pagano
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Andrew Luck
Odds: Pats favored by 7

Pats improve to 14-4; move on to Super Bowl 49 vs Seattle
Colts finish 13-6

Key Stat I : Andrew Luck
The Indy quarterback was completely neutralized, completing just 12 of 33 passes (36%) for 126 yards, with no touchdowns, two interceptions - and a 23.0 passer rating.

Key Stat II: Colt drives
First half: punt; muffed punt (turnover); missed FG; punt; TD; kneel down (halftime)
Second half: punt; interception; punt; interception; punt; end of game

Key Patriot Stats:
- LeGarrette Blount: 30 carries, 148 yards, 3 TD
- Julian Edelman: 10 touches, 110 yards
- Nate Solder and James Develin each with more touchdowns than any Colt not named Zurlon Tipton
- 3rd Quarter Drives: Touchdown, Touchdown, Touchdown, Touchdown

"I only have one thing to say. We're on to Seattle," Belichick said, echoing the statement he repeated several times, "We're on to Cincinnati," after a 41-14 loss at Kansas City dropped the Patriots to 2-2.​
The list of milestones is long:​
• Brady surpassed John Elway for most Super Bowls for a quarterback and tied defensive lineman Mike Lodish for most by any player.​
• Belichick tied Don Shula for most Super Bowls for a coach and broke a tie with Tom Landry with his 21st postseason win.​
• New England tied Dallas and Pittsburgh for most appearances in the big game with eight.​
Brady passed Peyton Manning (6,800 yards) for most yards passing in the postseason with 7,017. ... In four games against the Pats, Luck has thrown six touchdowns and 10 interceptions. ... Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri set an NFL record with his 30th postseason game, one more than Jerry Rice, but missed a 51-yard field goal attempt. ... The Patriots improved to 17-4 in home playoff games.​

Colts vs. Patriots AFC Championship Game highlights

This of course was also the game that Ryan Grigson, Bob Kravitz and others conspired to attempt to frame the Patriots - while forgetting about grade school science and the Ideal Gas Law.

Pats Fans: How Strong is the Curse of Deflategate?

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What a little b!tch Marcus Pollard was...During the play near the end of the highlights, McGinest was well within his 5-yard limit, and Phifer was merely providing tight but legal coverage... Heck it was Pollard himself who pretended that he was being held but Phifer never grabbed his arm!


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Today in Patriots History
Tony McGee, Jermaine Wiggins & more

Happy 73rd birthday to Tony McGee
Born Jan 18, 1949 in Battle Creek, Michigan
Patriot DE, 1974-1981; uniform #78
Acquired on Sept 10, 1974 from Chicago for a 1975 8th and 1976 3rd round draft pick

Tony McGee played in 121 games with the Patriots. Consisting of Julius Adams, Ray Hamilton, Mel Lunsford and McGee, the New England defensive line was a formidable group in the late seventies. McGee also spent three NFL seasons each with Chicago and Washington, and is unofficially credited with 106.5 sacks in his career. (Sacks did not become an official statistic until 1982; as a frame of reference, Hall of Famer Andre Tippett had 100 career sacks.)

McGee was a player at the University of Wyoming when an ugly and mostly forgotten incident took place. The Cowboys played Brigham Young every year, and in 1968 BYU's all-white squad had hurled racial slurs and cheap shots at black Wyoming players during their game. Just prior to playing BYU again a year later, 14 players approached the Wyoming head coach about wearing black armbands as a form of protest. That group not only did not get the support from the head coach they were seeking - they were all immediately kicked off the team. Wyoming had been ranked #16, but lost its final four games without those 14 men; a year later they fell to 1-9.

The defensive end transferred to now defunct Bishop College in Texas. The situation in Wyoming caused him to fall from a first round draft pick to the third round, due to gossip and assumptions that McGee must have been a troublemaker. He went on to play in 212 NFL games, and in two Super Bowls. In his post-NFL career he started a physical therapy business in the Virginia suburbs of DC, which he ran for 13 years before selling to a health care firm.

Happy 47th birthday to Jermaine Wiggins
Born Jan 18, 1975 in East Boston
Patriot TE, 2000-2001; uniform #85
Claimed off waivers from Jets on Nov 28, 2000

The graduate of East Boston High School and Bridgton Academy in Maine is remembered not for his 20 regular season games with the Patriots, but for the 2001 postseason. In the divisional round Snow Bowl game against Oakland he had ten receptions, four of which came on the fourth quarter drive that ended with Tom Brady scoring on a six yard run, to cut the deficit to three points. Wiggins then had three more catches on the game winning drive that culminated with Adam Vinatieri's improbable field goal, including a clutch six-yard reception on 3rd-and-five. Wiggins then came up big on the final drive of Super Bowl 36, making a catch with 21 seconds remaining to set up another iconic Vinatieri game winning field goal.


Happy 37th birthday to Matthew Mulligan
Born Jan 18, 1985 in West Enfield, Maine
Patriot TE, 2013; uniform #88
Signed as a free agent on Sept 2, 2013

The former University of Maine Black Bear had spent time on practice squads and active rosters with the Dolphins, Titans, Jets and Rams over five years, playing in 50 games before being signed by New England. Mulligan played in 15 games with four starts as a pretty decent blocking tight end, scoring a week four touchdown at Atlanta. He bounced around a bit more from 2014-2016, with Chicago, Arizona, Tennessee, Buffalo and Detroit. Mulligan played in 89 games over his NFL career from 2009-2016.

In memory of Kenyatta Jones, who would have turned 43 today (1979-2018)
Born Jan 18, 1979 in Gainesville, Florida
Patriot OL, 2001-2002; uniform #74
Pats 4th round (96th overall) selection of the 2001 draft, from South Florida

The Pats thought enough of Jones to move up 16 spots in the draft to select him, trading their own fourth (#112) and a fifth (#139) to San Diego for the #96 pick. I can remember Jones as being a very athletic run blocker in college, though it was not against top competition. He played in 18 games for the Patriots with 11 starts.

Jones was waived by the Patriots on Oct 26, 2003, three days after pleading not guilty to multiple charges stemming from a bizarre incident where he doused a roommate with scalding water, causing second and third degree burns.

Patriot player pleads not guilty to scalding aide |

On the day he was to return to the team after a long medical absence, Jones pleaded not guilty to charges of assault with intent to maim, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and mayhem, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.​
Police said the injuries suffered at Jones's Walpole home Monday night by Mark Paul, 33, were enough to warrant the mayhem charge, which involves a crime where there is "intent to maim or disfigure," according to state criminal law.​

Happy 27th birthday to Chad Hansen
Born Jan 18, 1995 in Fillmore, California
Patriot WR, 2018; uniform #16
Claimed off waivers from Jets on Sept 2, 2018

Chad Hansen was only with the Patriots for a week. A day after being on the week one inactive list versus Houston the Pats released the 6'2, 202 lb receiver from Cal. Hansen played in 15 games for the Jets in 2017; then spent most of the last two years on the practice squad for the Texans. He appeared in the final five games of the 2020 season for Houston, with 17 receptions and one touchdown.

Happy 30th birthday to Jonathan Krause
Born Jan 18, 1992 in San Bernardino, California
Patriot WR/PR, 2014-2015; uniform #16
Signed as a free agent to the practice squad on Oct 24, 2014

Jonathan Krause spent almost all of the 2014 season from week seven forward on the New England practice squad, earning a ring for Super Bowl 49 in the process. He was waived/injured at the end of 2015 training camp and was placed on injured reserve, then released with an injury settlement on Sept 19.

From 2014 to 2017 Krause was with the Browns, Patriots, Eagles, Bucs, Chargers, Bucs again, and Titans, on practice squads and in training camps. He made it to the field for two NFL games with Philly in 2015, with two receptions.

Other football players born on this date with a New England connection include:

Chris Snee, 40 (1982)
Boston College
The four-time Pro Bowl right guard played ten seasons with the Giants, winning two super bowl rings.


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Lastly a leftover from yesterday, probably not worthy of its own thread.

January 17: a slow day in Patriots History

With zero games ever played on this date and only one January 17 birthday, here is a slightly longer biography on a relatively obscure former Patriot.

Happy 34th birthday to Trevor Reilly
Born January 17, 1988 in Valley Center, California
Patriot OLB 2016-2017; uniform #51
Signed to the practice squad on October 20, 2016

As a 16 year old youth Reilly set the Guinness World Record for fastest time eating a 7.5-ounce white onion at 1 minute and 35 seconds, shattering the former mark of 2:45. Reilly earned a football scholarship to Texas Tech, but instead accepted a two-year Latter Day Saints mission to Sweden. After returning he was a walk-on at the University of Utah: a 22-year old redshirt freshman. By the time he was a senior he was married with two kids.

During that senior year his wife discovered a lump on their 9-month old daughter. Two days later she had her kidney removed, and had to undergo chemotherapy for a year; it has been in remission since. The next year Reilly was selected by the Jets in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft.

After two seasons with the Jets - and some interesting moonlighting as an Uber driver - Reilly went on IR. After reaching an injury settlement with the Jete, Reilly was a free agent. Two days later the Patriots signed him to their practice squad on October 20, 2016.

Miami signed Reilly to their full roster off the Pats PS on December 19. The next season Reilly did not survive final cuts, and the Dolphins re-signed him to their practice squad. He was released October 10, 2017 and two days later the Pats again signed Reilly to the PS. A few weeks later he was promoted to the 53-man roster after Harvey Langi was injured in an automobile accident. Then in late December Reilly returned to the practice squad, to make room for James Harrison. He was released on February 12, 2018 and has not been with an NFL organization since.

In 2018 Reilly returned to Salt Lake City, working as a grad assistant and part time scout player with the Utes while taking one last class to earn his degree. He also signed to play for Dennis Erickson with the Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football. That minor league operation folded before its first season was completed. At least Reilly fared better than some teammates who suffered injuries during play, left to pay their own medical and rehab expenses when the AAF declared bankruptcy.

Trevor Reilly appeared in six games with the Patriots, from week eight to week 15 of the 2017 season. He logged 57 defensive snaps and 94 special team snaps with the Pats.


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Wiggie from Eastie! Bill should've kept him around for the 2002 & '03 seasons to go with Fauria & Graham.

Regarding Kenyatta Jones, I realize that the Seymour & Matt Light picks were grand slams... But the rest of that draft...Yuck...
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