Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Greetings from Gillette Stadium, where I have finally arrived after a treacherous drive from Providence, R.I., in my hearse ... I mean, my black PT Cruiser. Thanks, Hertz!
A steady, fluffy snow has been falling all morning. On the field below, John Deere tractors are plowing snow off the tarps so the grounds crew can roll them up.
But the snow is coming down heavy enough that the freshly uncovered field already is completely white. The Patriots' end zone logos are covered. We can barely see Pat Patriots at midfield, but he won't be around much longer.
The conditions would seem to favor the Patriots, who practiced outdoors this week.
Maybe the Cardinals did, too, but amid the saguaros.
The Cardinals already have wrapped up the NFC West and have nothing to play for except their health. It's a perfect day to run for the bus and get warm.