FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Exactly 10 years ago, the Patriots’ run of dominance began with Adam Vinatieri’s clutch field goals through a snowstorm, with New England benefitting from what came to be called “the tuck rule” in a playoff victory over the Oakland Raiders.
That win propelled the Pats to the Super Bowl and their first championship.
But while it was a momentous triumph in the organization’s history, coach Bill Belichick on Thursday wasn’t about to wax nostalgic about the win and the impetus it provided for the Patriots in the next decade.
Not surprisingly, he was more focused on New England’s next game, Sunday at home against Baltimore in the AFC Championship.
“It was a great game and a great night, a lot of fond memories, but we’re trying to get on Baltimore now,” said Belichick.
“There have been a lot of big wins around here, great games. We’ve lost games. They don’t have much impact on what we’re working on this week. We’re keeping our sights on Sunday’s game. It’s a one-game season. With all due respect to the other games and teams, it’s just not that important,” he said.