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    Today In Patriots History
    The First Two Super Bowl Appearances



    January 26, 1997 at the Louisiana Superdome
    Super Bowl XXXI
    Green Bay Packers 35, New England Patriots 21
    Final Records: Packers 16-3, Patriots 13-6
    Head Coaches: Bill Parcells, Mike Holmgren
    Quarterbacks: Drew Bledsoe, Brett Favre
    Odds: Packers favored by 14

    Perhaps if Tuna wasn't spending so much time negotiating a contract to coach the Jets, he would have focused a bit more on Desmond Howard and special teams.





    January 26, 1986 at the Louisiana Superdome
    Super Bowl XX
    Chicago Bears 46, New England Patriots 10
    Final Records: Bears 18-1, Patriots 14-6
    Head Coaches: Raymond Berry, Mike Ditka
    Quarterbacks: Tony Eason/Steve Grogan, Jim McMahon
    Odds: Bears favored by 10

    Fun Fact: the Bears did not take the lead in this game until less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter.

    Fun Fact II: Many people still hold a grudge against Ditka for rubbing it in by giving the football to 'The Fridge' Perry to score at the goal line for Chicago's final touchdown, rather than to Walter Payton.

    Key Stat: too many to count.
    Six turnovers.
    11 rushes for 7 yards.
    Eason: 0-6, 1 fumble lost, 3 sacks for -28 yards.
    Total Yards: 408 to 123.
    Time of Possession: 39:15 to 20:45.
    Offensive plays: 73 to 47.

    The Patriots had won their Super Bowl the previous week in the Squish the Fish Game. Chicago had Buddy Ryan's 46 defense, something that the NFL had not yet figured out how to counter.






    January 26, 2000:
    Bill Belichick drops lawsuit against Jets and NFL

    Bill Belichick dropped the antitrust lawsuit he had filed against the National Football League and the Jets yesterday, one day after the judge in the case refused to grant a temporary restraining order that would have allowed Belichick to negotiate with other teams for a new job.

    Belichick filed the lawsuit on Monday, hoping that the judge would grant him the freedom that N.F.L. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue did not when he ruled last Friday that the Jets still own Belichick's rights.

    ''The main purpose of the case from Bill's perspective was to seek emergency relief so he had the opportunity to coach now,'' Jeffrey Kessler, Belichick's lawyer, said. ''Since it became apparent the court wasn't going to give us that relief, we had to decide what other options we could pursue. That option didn't work out.''

    . . . . .

    '''His goal is not to not be a coach and get damages,'' Kessler said. ''He wants to be a coach. If necessary, if all else fails, then he will pursue his claim for damages. Right now, what he wants to do is be permitted to work again. He wants it very clear that what he is seeking was to become free. He's trying to avoid the damage. If it turns out he can't, we'll consider other alternatives.''


    The Jets had no comment on yesterday's development.

    Belichick's immediate future remains murky. A team that wants his services may have them, but it will have to pay compensation to the Jets. The New England Patriots, who asked for permission to speak to Belichick on Jan. 3, have had talks with the Jets to try to reach a deal, but so far those talks have produced no resolution.

    Meanwhile, the Patriots have also had talks with candidates who would fill the general manager and head-coaching posts separately, the two jobs that Belichick would presumably fill by himself if he had the freedom to make a deal with New England. Yesterday, the Patriots met with Dom Capers, the defensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    The Patriots are one of just two N.F.L. teams that now need a head coach.​



    Happy 29th Birthday to Brandon Bolden
    Born January 26, 1990 in Baton Rouge
    Patriot RB/ST 2012-2017; uniform #38
    Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 12, 2012 from Ole Miss

    - Earned two Super Bowl rings with Patriots
    - His grandfather, Frank Pitts, played ten years in the NFL. Pitts was a SE who played in Super Bowl I and IV with the Chiefs.
    - 2012 FedEx Ground Player of the Week in week four. Bolden ran for 137 yards and a TD on just 16 carries in the 52-28 victory at Buffalo, including runs of 20 and 27 yards.
    - The 8.6 yards per carry in that game ranks as the third most for a single game in Patriots history with a minimum of 15 rushing attempts. Only Curtis Martin (9.6 ypc on 17-164 vs Washington on Oct 13, 1996) and Tony Collins (9.2 ypc on 23-212 vs the Jets, Sept. 18, 1983) rank higher.
    - 912 career rushing yards ranked 34th in franchise history at the time (now 35th, surpassed by Sony Michel).
    - 216 career rushing attempts ranks 38th in club history, one behind Shane Vereen.
    - 6 career rushing touchdowns ranks 38th in team history, tied with Michel, Reggie Dupard and Tony Eason.



    2012: Played in ten games; missed two due to injury and four on a suspension for peds. Rushed for 274 yards on 56 carries with two touchdowns. On the field for 98 offensive snaps (12%) and 165 special team snaps (55%).

    2013: Made his season debut and first career start vs Tampa Bay on 9/22 and compiled 100 total yards on offense. He ran three times for 51 yards - including a career-long 46 yard gain - and caught five passes for 49 yards. Bolden then started and rushed eight times for 36 yards at N.Y. Jets (10/20) and his first touchdown of the season.

    He played in 12 regular-season games with two starts and compiled 271 yards on 55 carries and three touchdowns, and also caught 21 passes for 152 yards; he also played in both playoff games. Was inactive for four games - the first two contests of the year and at Carolina (11/18) due to injury, and was a healthy scratch vs Cleveland (12/8).

    On the field for 269 offensive snaps (30%) and 152 special team snaps (41%).

    2014: Played in all 16 regular-season games with two starts and rushed 28 times for 89 yards and one touchdown. Bolden was a major contributor on special teams, compiling six tackles, one blocked punt and one forced fumble on a kickoff - both leading to Patriot touchdowns. He also appeared in all three playoff games with one start.

    In the 'We're on to Cincinnati' Game Bolden had two special teams tackles and forced a fumble on a kickoff that Kyle Arrington returned nine yards for a touchdown. On December 7 Bolden blocked his first NFL punt in the win at San Diego that led to a Patriot touchdown. It was the Patriots’ first blocked punt since 2010.

    On the field for 73 offensive snaps (6%) and 285 special team snaps (61%).

    2015: Played in 15 regular-season games with two starts, rushing 63 rushing times for 207 yards and catching 19 passes for 180 yards, and the first two receiving touchdowns of his career. Saw increased playing time after an injury to Dion Lewis in the third quarter vs Washington (11/8). Rushed once for 12 yards and caught three passes for 27 yards, including an 18-yard score that marked the first touchdown reception of his career. Ran four times for 11 yards and caught four passes for 84 yards at Denver (11/29), including a 63- yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that is the longest reception of his career. Rushed 16 times for 51 yards at Houston (12/13) after an injury to LeGarrette Blount in the second quarter increased his workload. Made his second career postseason start at running back and made two special teams tackles in the playoff victory vs. Kansas City (1/16).

    On the field for 191 offensive snaps (18%) and 263 special team snaps (57%).


    2016: Played in 14 regular-season games, mainly on special teams, and totaled four tackles and one forced fumble on special teams. Rushed once for 4 yards and caught two passes for 15 yards on offense. Recorded one special teams tackle in the Super Bowl LI win vs. Atlanta (2/5) that pinned the Falcons at their own 11-yard line with 57 seconds left in regulation.

    On the field for just 13 offensive snaps (1%), and 264 special team snaps (67%).

    2017: 42 offensive snaps (4%) and 271 special team snaps (60%).
    Only 14 offensive touches: 13 carries for 67 yards, and one catch for seven yards.

    Career Regular Season Stats as a Patriot:
    85 games with six starts
    216 carries for 912 yards (4.2 ypc), with six touchdowns
    47 receptions (on 75 targets) for 373 yards, 7.9 ypc, two touchdowns
    1,285 yards from scrimmage on 263 touches, 4.9 yards per touch

    Career Playoff Stats as a Patriot:
    The Patriots went 11-4 in the 15 postseason games Bolden played in.
    12 carries for 46 yards (3.8 ypc) and one rushing touchdown
    4 receptions on 5 targets for 37 yards (9.3 ypc)
    5 tackles (3 solo)

    2018 for Miami: ran twice against the Patriots - and scored both times.
     
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    Today in Patriots History
    Patriots Hire Bill Belichick



    January 27, 2000:
    Patriots name Bill Belichick their 14th head coach in franchise history.


    New England traded three draft picks, including a 2000 first-rounder, for two Jet draft picks and the right to hire Belichick as the team's head coach.

     
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    Today in Patriots History
    The Steelers didn't need
    to pack their bags after all


    January 27, 2002 at Heinz Field
    2001 AFC Championship Game
    New England Patriots 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 17
    Pats improve to 13-5; advance to Super Bowl versus Rams
    Steelers finish 14-4, with plenty of time to unpack their bags

    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Bill Cowher
    Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Drew Bledsoe; Kordell Stewart
    Odds: Steelers favored by 10







    Backup Bledsoe helps Patriots reach Super Bowl | ESPN

    It was reported before the game that prior to this game, Cowher told his players to have their bags packed and business in order, in order to avoid distractions heading into the Superbowl.

    Oops.

    Maybe the Steelers should have been more focused on special teams.

    Here is something from a Steeler fan perspective:

    The 12 Most Heartbreaking Playoff Losses In Pittsburgh Steelers History: #5

    With the Patriots traveling to Pittsburgh for the AFC Championship Game, the Good Lord decided to make this game "special" for Coach Belichick. First, after a beautiful 64-yard punt by Josh Miller got Pittsburgh out of trouble and put New England in such, the Steelers were penalized for illegal procedure when Troy Edwards stepped out of bounds covering the punt. On Miller's mulligan, Troy Brown ran 55 yards into the end zone giving the Patriots a 7-0 lead. After a Kris Brown field goal cut the lead to 7-3, Tom Brady was knocked out of the game with a knee injury. Divinely, replacement Drew Bledsoe came in and looked like Johnny Unitas. He took New England down the field and threw an 11-yard touchdown arial to David Patten. The seven-point favorite Pittsburgh Steelers trailed New England 14-3 at halftime.

    Another Steelers' mistake in the third quarter gave the Patriots the ball on Pittsburgh's 35-yard line after a fumble. But the Patriots were stuffed, the Steelers drove down the field, the Good Lord was concerned, so out came another heavenly "special." Kris Brown's field-goal attempt was blocked by a defensive tackle, picked up by Troy Brown, who ran about 10 yards before throwing a lateral pass to Antwan Harris, who ran 49 yards for a touchdown. The Patriots led, 21-3, causing all the angels to learn how to high-five.

    If you have ever met a Steeler fan then you know that the Pittsburgh area is still salty, making excuses and conspiracy theories for that Steeler loss to this day.

    New report on Patriots espionage opens old wounds for Steelers

    Steelers' trash-talking, surprise betting line theme of 1st game
     
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    Today in Patriots History: January 28


    Happy 35th Birthday to Stephen Gostkowski
    Born January 28, 1984 in Baton Rouge
    Patriot Kicker, 2006 - present
    Pats 4th round (118th overall) selection of the 2006 draft, from Memphis
    • Two-time Super Bowl Champion
    • Two-time First Team All Pro
    • Four-Time Pro Bowl
    • Four-Time AFC Special Teams Player of the Month
    • Six-Times AFC Special Teams Player of the Week
    • Five-Time NFL Season Leader in Points Scored
    • Three-Time NFL Season Leader in Field Goals Made

    Patriot Franchise Records
    Ghost ranks first in franchise career rankings for field goals, field goal attempts, field goal percentage (min 20 attempts), extra points, extra point attempts, extra point percentage (min 75 attempts), and points scored. His 1,743 points scored is 585 more than any other player in Patriot franchise history.

    Career NFL Rankings
    • 1,743 Points Scored is 12th all-time
    • 87.38% Field Goal Accuracy is 3rd all-time
    • 367 Field Goals is 15th all-time
    • 420 Field Goal Attempts is 28th all-time
    • 642 Extra Points is 8th all-time
    • 649 Extra Point Attempts is 8th all-time

    Other Milestones
    • First player in NFL history to have five separate 150-point seasons
    • Is one of only three players to lead the league in scoring five times
    • 158 points scored in 2013 is 5th most for a kicker in NFL history
    • 158 points scored in 2013 broke a 49-year old team record
    • Ranks 6th in NFL history with 38 field goals made in a single season (2013)
    • Appears four times among the top 20 list of field goals made in a single season
    • Ranks 26th among active players with 200 regular season games played

    Playoffs
    • 198 points scored is 2nd all-time
    • 27 Playoff Games is 4th all-time
    • 87 extra points made is most all-time
    • 91 extra point attempts is most all-time
    • 37 field goals made is 3rd all-time
    • 41 field goal attempts is 3rd all-time
    • 15 extra points made in a single postseason is 4th most (2014)
    • 8 field goals made in a single postseason is 7th most (2006)

    Stephen Gostkowski Biography - Patriots.com



    Happy 57th Birthday to Rod McSwain
    Born January 28, 1962 in High Shoals, NC
    Patriot defensive back, 1984-1990; uniform #23

    McSwain was a third round draft pick out of Clemson by Atlanta in '84. The Falcons traded the rookie to the Pats on August 27 as they attempted to get down to the 49 man roster limit, in exchange for New England's 8th round 1985 pick.

    Over seven seasons McSwain played in 90 regular season games and five playoff games with the Patriots. He primarily was a special teams ace, occasionally filling in at corner if Raymond Clayborn or Ronnie Lippett were injured; 1990 was his only year as a starter, at strong safety. Despite multiple shoulder surgeries and hamstring injuries over his career, McSwain was a solid player and part of the swarming defense that squished the fish and won the AFC Championship in 1986.

    McSwain did have some key plays over his career. In '86 he blocked a punt against the Rams and returned it 31 yards for TD; then in final regular season game at Miami on 12-22 he intercepted a Dan Marino pass with 36 seconds to seal a 34-27 victory. Two weeks later McSwain picked off John Elway, though the Patriots lost that playoff game at Denver.

    Statistics
    • 90 regular season games played
    • 6 interceptions
    • 2 fumble recoveries
    • 5 playoff games (3-2), with one interception

    Rod McSwain - Patriots.com
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    Since 1995 McSwain has been employed by Carolina Container in Hickory NC, where he is the Director of Human Resources.



    Happy 52nd Birthday to Tommy Hodson
    Born January 28, 1967 in LaFourche Parish, LA
    Patriot QB 1990-1992; uniform #13
    Pats 3rd round (59th overall) selection of the 1990 draft, from LSU

    Living in SEC country at that time, I was very excited when the Patriots drafted Hodson. He never lived up to those hopes as a pro quarterback - though to be fair, he was in a no-win situation with the Victor Kiam era Pats.

    Hodson appeared in 32 games for the Patriots with 12 starts; the Pats went 1-11 in those games. To get an idea of how bad the team was, Hodson was sacked 41 times for -300 yards - despite only having 315 pass attempts.

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    Tommy Hodson Bio - LSU Tigers Athletics

    Arguably the best quarterback in LSU history ... One of the most prolific passers in the history of the Southeastern Conference ... Chosen All-SEC for four years in a row by at least one of the major wire services ... Passed for 9,115 yards in his career, becoming the first 9,000-yard passer in SEC history ... Holds the LSU record for total yards with 8,938 (-117 yards rushing, 9,115 yards passing) ... Maintains the LSU record for touchdown passes in a career with 69 ... Averaged the most yards per game passing over a career in LSU history with 203.1 yards per game over 44 contests ... First player in SEC history to throw for over 2,000 yards in four straight seasons ... Threw for over 200 or more yards 26 times ... Started all but one game over his four year career ... Leads all LSU quarterbacks with 31 career victories ...​

    Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame inductee Tom Hodson still king of LSU QBs | NOLA.com

    A Mathews, La. native, his numbers in the aforementioned categories were also the best in the SEC when he finished in 1989. In his first start, he guided the Tigers to a 35-17 upset victory against No. 7-ranked Texas A&M, and later etched his name into LSU lore permanently with the game-winning touchdown pass with 1:47 left in the "Earthquake Game" victory against No. 4 Auburn in 1988.

    Hodson was also a two-sport star at Central Lafourche High School, guiding the Trojans to a 13-1 record and passing for 4,361 yards and 36 TDs as a senior. As a basketball player, he averaged 27.4 points a game his senior and had serious recruiting offers in that sport.​

    (From February 2005):
    Catching Up With Tommy Hodson | Boston.com

    Hodson showed signs of what made him legendary at LSU with the Patriots, but never had a consistent opportunity to play an entire season. During his time with New England, Hodson played under Rod Rust in 1990 and Dick MacPherson in 1991 and 1992. The team struggled, going 1-15 under Rust and 6-10 and 2-14 under MacPherson, but despite the struggles Hodson enjoyed his time here.

    “I loved it there and Boston is a great city,” said Hodson “I grew up in the south and love the south, but it was a great experience to be in the northeast because it’s a different culture, different climate and there is a lot of history. “I had some great teammates and had a great experience. I met a lot of nice people and unfortunately we didn’t have a lot of success when I was there.”

    After being released by the Patriots, Hodson was picked up by the Miami Dolphins, where he spent half of the 1993 season and one week in 1994. Hodson then played one more year in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints (1995). “Although I didn’t have great success as a professional I played six years and it was a great honor to play in the NFL,” said Hodson. “I am grateful I was able to play six years.”

    As far as the current Patriots, Hodson has enjoyed watching them win two of the last three Super Bowls and feels they are the pick to win the Super Bowl once again this year over the Philadelphia Eagles. “Certainly it would be great if I could be on some of these Patriots teams now,” said Hodson. “I enjoy watching them and pull for them every week. I am a Patriots fan.”​

    Getting in the game: Tommy Hodson - Baton Rouge Business Report

    Following his professional football career, a friend guided Hodson into a career in financial services. After six years in wealth management, Hodson felt ready to make a change.

    It was then that he and Jamie Howard, a fellow LSU quarterback, teamed up on Howard’s business idea. Howard’s relatives own Howard Industries—the largest manufacturer and distributor of transformers in the country—and needed manufacturer representatives in Louisiana and Arkansas. JTH Agencies was born.

    Ten years later the company is growing, now representing 10 different companies and ready to hire more employees.​



    Happy 36th Birthday to Titus Adams
    Born January 28, 1983 in Omaha
    Patriot DE, 2008-2009; uniform #62

    After being released by the Bengals, the Pats signed Adams on July 24, 2008. He was waived as part of roster cuts on August 30, then signed to the practice squad on September 1.

    In 2009 Adams was again waived during roster cutdowns and re-signed to the practice squad. On December 9 the Pats placed CB Bret Lockett on injured reserve, and promoted Adams to the 53-man roster. He played in two games before being waived on December 31. He had two tackles, one solo in victories over Carolina and Buffalo.



    Other pro football players born today with New England connections:

    Fred DiRenzo turns 58 (born 1/28/61)
    Went to college at New Haven
    Was a FB in 1987 with the Giants

    Enid Thomas would be 122 (1/28/97 - 10/2/68)
    Was a wingback for the 1926 Hartford Blues


    Best football name born January 28: Tubby Rousch
    Wingback and guard for the Toledo Maroons

    Other notable pro football players born today:
    Charlie Krueger (82): Pro Bowl DL for SF from 1959-1973
    Daunte Culpepper (42): Pro Bowl QB for Vikings and others, 1999-2009
    Jon Jansen (43): Washington OT from 1999-2009


    Today in Pro Football History:
    Packers Hire Vince Lombardi

    Today in Pro Football History
    January 28, 1959: Vince Lombardi Hired as Head Coach/GM of Packers


    Lombardi was not the most innovative head coach in pro football history, but he was outstanding at adapting other coaches’ methods and was a great teacher and motivator. When it came to the fundamentals, and performing the basics well, Lombardi’s teams excelled. The power sweep was the signature play of his offense over the years, and the Packers ran it with skill because they practiced it relentlessly and executed with precision.

    Over nine seasons, the Packers compiled an 89-29-4 regular season record under Lombardi’s guidance, for a .754 winning percentage, and were 9-1 in the postseason. Considering his significant influence on coaching methods and the game in general, his nine years with Green Bay (he also coached one last year in Washington in 1969) seems surprisingly brief. But he set a standard for pro football coaches that others in the years since have sought to measure up to; it is only fitting that the Super Bowl winner’s trophy is named after him.​
     
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    Today in Patriots History
    Rodney Harrison's First Super Bowl


    Alright, this one is a bit of a stretch as being part of 'Patriots History', but it is the only NFL game to ever be played on January 29 - and perhaps BB caught this game and saw something he liked about the then 22 year old special teams rookie.


    Super Bowl XXIX
    San Francisco 49ers 49, San Diego Chargers 26
    Head Coaches: George Seifert, Bobby Ross
    Quarterbacks: Steve Young, Stan Humphries
    Odds: Niners favored by 19 (!!!)

    NFL Films Video - "A Football Life': Rodney Harrison recalls Super Bowl XXIX, evolving role with Chargers

    The worst Super Bowl ever, 20 years later - SB Nation

    Super Bowl XXIX: Chargers vs. 49ers (FULL)

     
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    Today in Patriots History: January 30
    Chris Slade


    Happy 48th Birthday to Chris Slade
    Born January 30, 1971 in Newport News
    Patriot OLB, 1993-2000; uniform #53
    Pats 2nd round (31st overall) selection in the 1993 draft, from Virginia

    - Patriot All-Decade Team LB for the 1990s
    - 1997 Pro Bowl
    - 127 regular season games (108 starts)
    - 666 tackles (452 solo); 16 tackles for a loss
    - 16 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 3 interceptions; one touchdown
    - 7 playoff games (3-4); 3.5 sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery

    Chris Slade: Patriots.com

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    Farinella: Slade was good guy, but not player | The Sun Chronicle

    Parcells was particularly hard on Slade. He once said Slade was “as lost as a ball in tall grass,” and in 1996, as the Patriots were heading toward Super Bowl XXXI, an angry Tuna limited Slade's participation to passing downs only as a means of motivating him.

    It worked — Slade was far more effective in the playoffs, but he also became one of the most vocal anti-Parcells voices in the locker room once the Tuna bolted for the Jets. Ironically, the preferred Pete Carroll misused Slade even more, taking him out of pass-rushing situations and dropping him back into coverage.

    By the time Bill Belichick got here, and wanted to unleash Slade against quarterbacks again, the linebacker no longer had the quickness or strength to overpower opposing tight ends or tackles.
    The Last Bad Patriot Team - The Ringer

    Slade still remembers the time early in Belichick’s tenure when linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer slipped into a team meeting late. Another head coach might’ve cut the former Ohio State phenom and first-round draft pick some slack. Not Belichick. Journalist and sports radio host Michael Holley recounts the scene in his book War Room: The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team. “Katzenmoyer!” the coach is quoted as saying. “Who in the hell do you think you are? Get your ass outta here.”

    “He called him out in front of the whole team,” Slade said. “Right then I knew things had changed.”

    In May 2000, three months after he hired Scott Pioli as New England’s director of pro personnel, Belichick fired Bobby Grier. Since Parcells’s departure, the longtime Patriots executive had served as the team’s vice president of player personnel. “This,” Belichick said in a statement, “is an unpleasant thing for me to do.”


    Happy 42nd Birthday to Deltha O'Neal
    Born January 30, 1977 in Palo Alto
    Patriot CB, 2008; uniform #21

    Signed as a veteran free agent on September 1, 2008, two days after being released by the Bengals. This transaction came one day after releasing safety John Lynch and wide receiver Chad Jackson.

    - 16 games played with ten starts
    - 3 interceptions, 8 passes defensed; 32 tackles (30 solo)


    September 2, 2008:
    Patriots bring in playmaking cornerback Deltha O'Neal - The Boston Globe

    After cutting 10-year veteran cornerback Fernando Bryant Saturday, the Patriots yesterday made an equally surprising move to shore up a soft spot on the 53-man roster by signing 31-year-old corner Deltha O'Neal, a nine-year veteran and two-time Pro Bowler who was released by the Bengals.

    The acquisition of O'Neal with just six days remaining before Sunday's opener against the Kansas City Chiefs seemed to raise some questions about whether the Patriots had found a suitable replacement for Asante Samuel, a 2007 Pro Bowler who signed a six-year, $57 million free agent deal with the Philadelphia Eagles Feb. 29.​


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    January 31, 1963

    APF born in Framingham. Parents soon discover that colic and irritability magically relieved by presence of Boston Patriots souvenirs, radio and TV broadcasts and even general discussion of team. Affection for Pats turns into full fledged obsession, corresponding with seething loathing for local and national denigration of now New England Patriots in 1974, when APF hits puberty and Pats permanently establish themselves as contenders in modern NFL. Turns to dark side on December 18, 1976 and never recovers. Vows retribution which only increases to this day.

    January 31, 1971

    "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hits #1 on UK pop chart

    January 31, 1999

    Seth MacFarlane
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    January 31, 2000

    Following a Super Bowl XXXIV party in Atlanta, a fight broke out between Ray Lewis and his companions and another group of people, resulting in the stabbing deaths of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar. Lewis and two companions, Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting, were questioned by Atlanta police, and 11 days later the three men were indicted on murder and aggravated assault charges. The fight occurred about 200 yards (180 m) from the Cobalt Lounge at 265 East Paces Ferry Road in the Buckhead Village neighborhood about two miles north of downtown Atlanta where Lewis had been celebrating. The white suit Lewis was wearing the night of the killings has never been found. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard alleged the blood-stained suit was dumped in a garbage bin outside a fast food restaurant. A knife found at the scene did not have any fingerprints or DNA. Lewis subsequently testified that Oakley and Sweeting had bought knives earlier in Super Bowl week from a Sports Authority where Lewis had been signing autographs. Baker's blood was found inside of Lewis's limousine.
     
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    Pats win their second Super Bowl


    Super Bowl XXXVIII
    February 1, 2004 at Reliant Stadium, Houston
    New England Patriots 32, Carolina Panthers 29
    Patriots finish the season 17-2; Carolina goes 14-6
    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, John Fox
    Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Jake Delhomme
    Odds: Pats favored by 7

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    Super Bowl XXXVIII: Patriots 32, Panthers 29 - Adam Vinatieri makes Patriots’ day - NY Daily News

    Plays from Scrimmage:
    Patriots 83, Panthers 49

    3rd and 4th Down:
    Patriots 9-18, Panthers 4-12

    Field Goal Attempts:
    Adam Vinatieri 1-3, John Kasay 1-1

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    Today in Patriots History
    Malcolm Butler becomes a Super Bowl Legend


    Super Bowl XLIX
    February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona
    New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24
    Final Season Records: Pats 15-4, Seattle 14-5
    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll
    Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Russell Wilson
    Odds: Pick'em

    MVP: Tom Brady
    Completed 74% of his passes for 328 yards, 4 touchdowns, and a 101.1 passer rating

    Super Bowl XLIX Mic'd Up Second Half Highlights


    Butler picks off Wilson to seal Patriots Super Bowl XLIX Victory


    Super Bowl XLIX - 4th Quarter


    Best Fan Reactions to the Interception [NOTE: Audio NSFW]


    Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX beat Seattle on Malcolm Butler interception – Boston Herald

    'Worst play-call in Super Bowl history' (or was it greatest defensive preparation and execution?) will forever alter perception of Seahawks, Patriots

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    Happy 35th Birthday
    Rob Ninkovich

    Born February 1, 1984 in Blue Island, Illinois
    Patriot LB/DE from 2009 - 2016
    Uniform #50

    After spending parts of three seasons with New Orleans and Miami, the Pats signed Nink as a free agent on August 2, 2009. Over eight seasons in New England he played in 123 regular season games, with 101 starts. Ninkovich totaled 469 tackles (279 solo), 55 tackles for a loss, 88 quarterback hits and 46 sacks in those games. In addition he had five interceptions, 12 passes defensed, 12 forced fumbles, 14 fumble recoveries and two touchdowns with the Pats. What does not show up in the stat sheet is how well he did his job of setting the edge and taking away an outside option from opposing offenses.

    Ninkovich also a vital part in 17 playoff games; the Pats went 11-6 in those contests. Nink earned two Super Bowl rings for the victories over Seattle and Atlanta. In the postseason he had 66 tackles (36 solo), 9 tackles for a loss, 6 sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, an interception and a touchdown.

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    11 things we learned from Rob Ninkovich’s retirement news conference | Boston.com

    Bill Belichick congratulates 'tough Croatian' Rob Ninkovich on tremendous career

    Hutton: Former New England Patriots star Rob Ninkovich gives Andrean pep talk on eve of Lowell game

    His final game was the epic 2017 Super Bowl, which the Patriots won 34-28 in overtime. New England trailed the Atlanta Falcons 28-3 in the third quarter. It’s the largest comeback in Super Bowl history.

    Ninkovich said it was an “amazing game. The way the Patriots prepare and practice, there was just no panic. You could feel the momentum switch. Then it was Tom (Brady) making big play after big play. It was surreal.”

    Ninkovich walked away after the win because he could still walk.

    Literally.

    Like a lot of football players, he still loves the game, but it’s a scary time.

    The research on the long-term effects of head injuries has made players conscious of how much time they want to spend in the league.

    “I probably could’ve played a couple more years, but I just didn’t want to feel that bad,” he said. “I won two Super Bowls. I have a nest egg. What else can I get from it except more trauma? We know football isn’t the best for you if you play 20 years.”

    However, Ninkovich said he’s still “a big supporter of the game because it teaches kids accountability, respect and hard work. I think technology and safety are improving.”

    Left on his own, Ninkovich confirmed he would still be playing. He has a wife and two kids and knows it wouldn’t be fair.

    That’s what the game does to you.

    It keeps pulling at you until you are too old.

    “Sometimes, I get the itch,” he said. “How many people can say that their last game was an NFL championship? The walk-off was a home run.”

    Patriots.com: Photo Gallery - Best of Rob Ninkovich

    Patriots.com: Video - Rob Ninkovich career highlights

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    Also on this date:
    February 1, 1970 - The AFL and NFL announce a merger, forming a combined league with 26 teams: 13 in the American Football Conference and 13 in the National Football Conference.

    The Patriots would play in the AFC East, which was similar to their AFL East. The AFL's Houston Oilers would no longer be in the East, but the Patriots, Bills, Jets and Dolphins would remain in the same division. Three teams from the NFL would move to the new AFC - including the Baltimore Colts, who would also play in the AFC East.
     
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    Today in Patriots History
    February 2 Birthdays


    Malcom Brown turns 25
    Born Feb 2, 1994 in Brenham TX
    Patriot DT, 2015-present; uniform #90
    Pats 1st round (32nd overall) selection of the 2015 draft, from Texas
    Patriots.com - Malcom Brown
    University of Texas Athletics - Malcom Brown


    Ray Jarvis turns 70
    Born Feb 2, 1949 in Chesapeake VA
    Patriot WR, 1979; uniform #87
    - Caught two passes for 30 yards and one TD with Pats
    - Played in 82 NFL games over 9 seasons with 104 receptions and 11 TD
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    Born Feb 2, 1962 in New Haven
    Patriot linebacker, 1986-87
    Uniform #94 ('86) and #51 ('87)
    Played in six games, with two starts
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    J.R. Conrad turns 45
    Born Feb 2, 1974 in Fairland OK
    Patriot tackle and guard, 1974 (practice squad)
    Pats 7th round (247th overall) selection of the 1974 draft, from Oklahoma
    After football, Conrad remains involved in athletics



    In addition to Mel Black, two other pro football players with New England connections:

    James Nixon turns 31
    Born Feb 2, 1988 in New Haven
    Went to Hyde Leadership HS in New Haven, and Bridgton Academy in Maine
    Packer RB, 2012-2013


    Wayne Fontes turns 79
    Born Feb 2, 1940 in New Bedford
    Went to Wareham High School
    Was a defensive back for the 1962 New York Titans
    Went on to be a defensive coordinator with the Bucs (1982-84) and Lions ('85-'88)
    Was Detroit's head coach from 1988 to 1996, going to the playoffs four times

    Trivia: Fontes was Detroit's last head coach to win a postseason game. That happened on January 5, 1992 when the Lions defeated Dallas 38-6 in a divisional round game. That was a Cowboys team that was coached by Jimmy Johnson and included Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin.



    Other NFL notables born today include:
    George Halas - Bears end, HC and owner
    Donald Driver - Packers WR
    Mike Tice - Seattle TE and Vikings HC
    Dexter Manley - Washington DE
    Ken Dilger - Colts TE
    Ronnie Bull - Chicago Bears RB
    Jim O'Brien - kicked the game winning FG with five seconds remaining in SB V
     
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    Today in Patriots History
    "Tonight A Dynasty Is Born, Baby"


    Those were Ricky Proehl's ironically prophetic words.

    February 3, 2002 in New Orleans
    Super Bowl XXXVI
    New England Patriots 20, St Louis Rams 17
    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Mike Martz
    Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Kurt Warner
    Odds: Rams favored by 14

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    Today in Patriots History
    Happy Birthday to James White

    The hero of the Super Bowl LI comeback victory over Atlanta is one of several Patriots celebrating a birthday today.

    Happy 27th birthday to James White
    Patriot RB 2014-present; uniform #28
    Pats 4th round (130th overall) selection in the 2014 draft, from Wisconsin

    Patriots.com - James White



    Super Bowl Records and Milestones
    • Owner of two Super Bowl rings
    • Holds record for most points in a Super Bowl game (20)
    • Holds record for most receptions in a Super Bowl game (14)
    • Is one of two players to score a winning overtime championship touchdown, and is the only player to do so in Super Bowl history (Alan Ameche was the only other, back in 1958)

    Patriot Franchise Rankings
    • Is one of 29 players with over 2100 career yards receiving
    • Ranks 15th with 248 career receptions
    • Ranks 18th with 19 career receiving touchdowns
    • Ranks 22nd with 26 career touchdowns
    • Ranks 15th for most receptions in a single season (87 in 2018)


    Happy 29th birthday to Sterling Moore
    Patriot CB/S 2011-2012; uniform #29
    • Signed to the practice squad as a rookie free agent on October 5, 2011 after being cut by Oakland.
    • Played in 14 regular season games with three starts for the Patriots.
    • Two interceptions, one TD, 3 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery; 23 tackles (20 solo).
    • Three playoff games (2-1) with 6 passes defensed and 7 tackles (6 solo).
    • 2012: 327 defensive snaps, 81 special team snaps.

    Moore is most famous for knocking the ball out of Lee Evans hands in the 2011 AFCCG:





    Happy 39th birthday to Victor Hobson
    Patriot LB 2008 (offseason)
    Pats signed the former Jet on April 7, 2008
    He was cut by the Pats on August 30, 2008

    Patriots sign free agent LB Victor Hobson - Patriots.com

    Bryant, Hobson, Gutierrez among Patriots cuts



    Happy 47th birthday to Tyrone Poole
    Patriot CB 2003-2005; uniform #38



    Happy posthumous 51st birthday to Junior Robinson
    Patriot KR/CB 1990; uniform #27
    Pats 5th round (110th overall) selection of the 1990 draft, from East Carolina
    Died September 30, 1995 at the age of 27



    Happy 53rd birthday to Glenn Antrum
    Patriot WR 1989; uniform #10
    Born in Derby CT, raised in Ansonia CT, went to UConn



    Happy 60th birthday to Cris Crissy
    Patriot CB 1981 (offseason)
    Pats 12th round (323rd overall) selection of the 1981 draft, from Princeton
    Cut before the start of the '81 season


    Happy posthumous 83rd birthday to Tony Discenzo
    Patriot OT, 1960; uniform #76
    Died February 11, 2007 at the age of 71


    Happy 79th birthday to Fran Tarkenton
    Pats 5th round (34th overall) selection of the 1961 AFL draft, from Georgia
    Signed instead with the NFL's Vikings; never part of Patriots organization



    Happy posthumous 117th birthday to Ed Harrison
    End for the 1926 Brooklyn Lions went to Boston College, and lived in Marshfield MA
     
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    Today in Patriots History
    Super Bowl LII


    February 4, 2018
    Super Bowl LII at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis
    Philadelphia Eagles 41, New England Patriots 33
    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Doug Pederson
    Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Nick Foles
    Odds: Patriots favored by 4
    Final Records: Eagles 16-3, Patriots 15-4



    Happy 72nd birthday to Halvor Hagen
    Born February 4, 1947 in Oslo, Norway
    Patriot LG, 1971-1972; uniform #62
    Played 26 games for the Pats with 15 starts, under John Mazur and Phil Bengston

    Hagen was part of two infamous Patriot trades. In 1971 the Pats received RB Duane Thomas, safety Honor Jackson and Hagen in exchange for RB Carl Garrett and the Pats first round pick in the 1972 draft.

    The disgruntled Thomas was such a headache that Mazur wanted to send him back to Dallas, as if he was returning an unwanted product to the local department store. Even more amazingly, commissioner Pete Rozelle stepped in and approved the refund. Thomas and Garrett went back to their original teams, while Jackson and Hagen stayed with the Patriots, in exchange for the Pats 2nd and 3rd picks in the '72 draft. Dallas got the best of that trade. That 2nd round pick turned out to be #35 overall, and they used it on FB Robert Newhouse, who would go on to become a two-time All-Pro.

    In April of 1973 Hagen, Jim Cheyunski and Mike Montler were traded to Buffalo for Wayne Patrick, Edgar Chandler and Jeff Lyman. Cheyunski and Montler were solid starters for a Bills team that went 26-16 over the following three seasons. Chandler lasted one season with the Pats as their starting middle linebacker, while the other two never played a single game for the Patriots.

    Hall of Fame - Halvor Hagen - Weber State Athletics

    Hagen was drafted into the National Football League in 1969 as the third-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys. While in the NFL, Halvor played with the Cowboys, New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills. He retired in 1977 after playing eight seasons in the league after knee surgeries forced his retirement.

    Hagen was a member of the Cowboys' Super Bowl-winning team in 1969. During his pro career he switched from defensive line to offensive guard.

    After a successful career as a CPA for Price Waterhouse, Hagen worked as a controller for a real estate company. He also served as CFO and contracts manager for New England Insulation, New England Distributions and AF Underhill.

    In addition to his career, Hagen serves as CFO for the Brockton Coalition for the Homeless, a post he has held since 1995. The Coalition provides emergency shelter and housing for more than 100 individuals and 60 families on a daily basis.

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    28-3!


    Super Bowl LI
    February 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium, Houston
    New England Patriots 34, Atlanta Falcons 28
    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Dan Quinn
    Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Matt Ryan



    Inside the Patriots’ overlooked play that made 28-3 possible




    February 5, 2019
    City of Boston celebrates a second DUKW boat parade in four months as Patriots revel in their sixth super bowl victory.






    Happy 34th birthday to Laurence Maroney
    Born February 5, 1985 in St. Louis
    Patriot RB, 2006-2009; uniform #39
    Pats 1st round (21st overall) selection of the 2006 draft, from Minnesota

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    Happy 72nd birthday to Ron 'Jingle Joints' Sellers
    Born February 5, 1947 in Jacksonville
    Patriot WR, 1969-1971; uniform #34
    Pats 1st round (6th overall) selection of the 1696 draft, from Florida State



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    Super Bowl XLVI
    February 5, 2012 at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
    New York Giants 21, New England Patriots 17

     
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    Thrice As Nice


    Super Bowl XXXIX
    Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville FL
    February 6, 2005
    New England Patriots 24, Philadelphia Eagles 21

    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Andy Reid
    Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Donovan McNabb
    Odds: Patriots favored by 7
    Final Season Records: Pats 17-2, Eagles 15-4



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