Kraft reflects on Patriots' run of success

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In introducing honorary captains Matt Light and Kevin Faulk in a Friday news conference, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft reflected on the success the team has over the past decade-plus.

“I just pinched myself coming over here because I was thinking as a fan sitting in the stands we had the privilege of one home playoff game in ’78, which we lost to Houston, and I thought about that,” Kraft said. “Today, we’re sitting here on the eve -- our family has owned this team 19 years and this is our 17th home playoff game. We have a record of 14-2.

“I was thinking that last year we had our honorary captains, Drew Bledsoe, Ty Law, (Tedy) Bruschi and Troy Brown representing the ’96 and ’01 (teams), which were our first two championship games. Our two captains this year have been here for five. How do you do this? It’s about having great coaches, but most of all, it’s having great players and we’ve been blessed to have some wonderful players here. I feel a special connection and attachment to both Matt Light and Kevin Faulk, who have been here for five championship games but also our three Super Bowl titles.”