Belichick and Fox will match wits Sunday

Bill Belichick and John Fox use different methods, but the results are the same -- good defense.

Updated: January 31, 2004, 6:22 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

HOUSTON -- Defenses supposedly win championships. At least that appears to be the trend of the new millennium.

Since 1995, the only Super Bowl winner that wasn't among the top 11 ranked defenses in the regular season was the 2001 Patriots. But while the Patriots were No. 24 in overall defense that season, they were ranked No. 5 in scoring defense, giving up only 17 points per game.

Trying to figure a sure-fire formula in the NFL is impossible, but it's safe to say that a good defense ...

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