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NE - IND Post-Game Notes

LAW AND ORDER
Ty Law recorded three interceptions today, setting the Patriots playoff record for picks in a game and giving him the franchise record with four career postseason picks. Law began his big day by intercepting Peyton Manning's first pass of the Colts' second possession, keeping the early momentum on the Patriots' side. He then dove to grab a Manning pass late in the third quarter to give the Patriots possession at the Colts' 20-yard line and snuffed out a fourth-quarter Colts drive with a pick with 8:17 left in the game. Before today, his only other playoff interception was a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXVI. Law now has seven career interceptions off of Manning in 10 games against the Colts signal caller. The 2003 Pro Bowler has returned two picks for touchdowns against Manning in his career.

OPENING STRONG
The Patriots scored a touchdown on their opening drive for the fifth consecutive game, dating back to the Jacksonville game on Dec. 14. Today, the Patriots got the opening kickoff and drove 65 yards on 13 plays, culminating in a 7-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to David Givens. New England scored a touchdown on its opening drive in each of its last three regular-season games and has done so in both postseason contests.

HOT ROD
Rodney Harrison picked off a Peyton Manning pass intended for Marcus Pollard in the end zone to snuff out the Colts' first drive of the afternoon. It was Harrison's second interception of the postseason. Including his pick of Steve McNair last week, Harrison has stolen a pass from each of the NFL's co-MVPs in consecutive weeks. New England has recorded at least one interception in all 10 home games this season and has notched a pick in 17 of its 18 games, including the postseason.

SACK ATTACK
Jarvis Green sacked Peyton Manning three times today. He had 2.0 sacks in the regular season in 2003 and has 4.5 sacks in his regular-season career. His first sack came with 5:15 left before halftime, setting up a third-and-long for the Colts and snuffing out an Indianapolis drive that ended in a high snap on a punt that resulted in a safety and a 15-0 Patriots lead. Green sacked Manning again with 9:03 left in the game on third-and-6 to set up a fourth down play on which Ty Law recorded his third pick of the game. Green recorded the hat-trick when he dropped Manning again on third down with five minutes left in the game.

SAFETY VALVE
The Patriots scored the first postseason safety in team history when Colts long snapper Justin Snow snapped the ball over punter Hunter Smith's head and Smith kicked the ball out of the end zone.

A WINNING TRADITION
The Patriots joined an elite group in winning their third conference championship since 1996. New England is one of 10 teams in the Super Bowl Era (since 1966) to win three conference championships in a span of eight seasons. The Patriots appeared in Super Bowl XXXI after the 1996 season, Super Bowl XXXVI after the 2001 season and are now going to Super Bowl XXXVIII following the 2003 season.

THREE OR MORE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS IN AN EIGHT-YEAR SPAN

New England 1996-03 (96,01,03)
Dallas 1992-95 (92,93,95)
Buffalo 1990-93 (90,91,92,93)
San Francisco 1981-94 (81,84,88,89,94)
Denver 1987-90 (87,88,90)
Washington 1982-87 (82,83,87)
Oakland/L.A. Raiders1976-83 (76, 80, 83)
Pittsburgh1974-79 (74,75,78,79)
Minnesota1969-77 (69,73,74,77)
Dallas1970-78 (70,71,75,78)

THE GREATEST SHOW IN SNOW
Light snow was falling at kickoff, making today's Patriots game the third snowy game of the season and the seventh snow game in Foxborough in the team's history. New England is now 7-0 all-time in snowy games in Foxborough. On Dec. 7, New England played Miami at the end of a two-day snowstorm that dumped up to 30 inches of snow in the Foxborough area. The Patriots won that game, 12-0, to clinch their second AFC East title in three seasons. The following week against Jacksonville, moderate snow fell in the second half of the Patriots' 27-13 win. The last time the Patriots were in the playoffs, they played in one of the most memorable snow games in team history, a 16-13 overtime victory over the Oakland Raiders in the AFC Divisional Playoffs at Foxboro Stadium.
SNOW GAMES IN FOXBOROUGH (7-0)

DateOpp.TempWeatherW/LScore
01/18/04IND*32Occasional SnowW24-14
12/14/03JAX25Snow in 2nd HalfW27-13
12/07/03MIA28Cold, Snow, Wind W12-0
01/19/02OAK*25Snow, 3-5 inchesW16-13 ot
12/04/83NO35Cold, SnowingW7-0
12/12/82MIA22Wind, SnowW3-0
12/10/78BUF28Snow, Some SunW26-24

HOT WHEN IT'S COLD

Since 1993, the Patriots are 16-2 when the kickoff temperature is below 35 degrees. The temperature at kickoff today was 32 degrees. This is the fifth game the Patriots have played this season in temperatures below 35.

COLDEST GAMES SINCE 1993 (16-2)

**Date** **Opp.****Temp****Notes****W/L****Score**
01/10/04 TEN*4Wind Chill –10W17-14
12/26/93 IND19Wind Chill –1W38-0
12/21/96atNYG24Wind Chill 17W23-22
12/14/03 JAX25Wind Chill 16W27-13
01/19/02OAK*25SnowW16-13 ot
12/10/95NYJ26Wind Chill 12W31-28
01/12/97JAX*27Wind Chill 11W20-6
12/07/03 MIA28Wind Chill 17W12-0
12/20/03 atNYJ30Wind Chill 20W21-16
12/24/00MIA31Wind Chill 22L24-27
01/18/04 IND*32SnowW24-14
11/26/95atBUF33FlurriesW35-25
12/16/01atBUF34Wind Chill 25W12-9 ot
12/12/93CIN34Wind Chill 23W7-2
12/17/00atBUF35Snow/W.Chill 23W16-13 ot
11/23/97MIA35Flurries/DrizzleW27-24
12/28/97MIA*35Wind Chill 25W17-3
01/01/95atCLE*35Wind Chill 25L13-20

A-TRAIN
Antowain Smith ran for 100 yards today, becoming the third Patriot to break the century mark in a playoff game. It's the fourth time in team history the feat has been accomplished and the first time since Curtis Martin set a Patriots playoff record with 166 yards on the ground in the divisional round against Pittsburgh (01/05/97). Smith has been solid in the playoffs, gaining 69 yards on 16 carries last week and notching 92 yards on 18 carries in Super Bowl XXXVI.

TITLE TOWN
Since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994, the Patriots have won more conference championships than any other team in the NFL. The Patriots have won three conference championships since 1996 and have won more conference titles than any other team in the past 10 years.

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS SINCE 1994
New England Patriots 3
Denver Broncos 2
Green Bay Packers 2
St. Louis Rams 2
11 Other Teams 1

RECORD STREAK
The Patriots have won 14 consecutive games dating back to September, the second-longest winning streak in a single season in NFL history. The only team to have more consecutive victories in a single season is the 1972 Miami Dolphins, who won 17 consecutive games en route to an undefeated season.

CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCES
The Patriots are 4-0 in AFC Championship Games since the Super Bowl Era began following the 1966 season. The Patriots have the most wins without a championship-game loss of any team in the NFL.

PATRIOTS IN THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (4-0)

**Date****Opponent****Site****W/L****Score**
01/18/04IndianapolisGillette StadiumW24-14
01/27/02atPittsburghHeinz FieldW24-17
01/12/97JacksonvilleFoxboro StadiumW20-6
01/12/86atMiamiOrange BowlW31-14

PLAYOFF RESULTS
The Patriots have compiled a 12-10 record in their 22 playoff games. New England has qualified for four Super Bowls (XX, XXXI, XXXVI and XXXVIII) and also in the 1963 AFL Championship Game.

PATRIOTS ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RESULTS (12-10)

**Date****Round** **Opponent****W/L****Score**
02/01/04Super Bowl XXXVIIITBD
01/18/04AFC ChampionshipIndianapolisW24-14
01/10/04AFC DivisionalTennesseeW17-14
02/03/02Super Bowl XXXVISt. LouisW20-17
01/27/02AFC ChampionshipatPittsburghW24-17
01/19/02AFC DivisionalOaklandW16-13 ot
01/03/99AFC Wild CardatJacksonvilleL10-25
01/03/98AFC Divisionalat PittsburghL6-7
12/28/97AFC Wild CardMiamiW17-3
01/26/97Super Bowl XXXIGreen BayL21-35
01/12/97AFC ChampionshipJacksonvilleW20-6
01/05/97AFC DivisionalPittsburghW28-3
01/01/95AFC Wild CardatClevelandL13-20
01/04/87AFC DivisionalatDenverL17-22
01/26/86Super Bowl XXChicagoL10-46
01/12/86AFC ChampionshipatMiamiW31-14
01/05/86AFC DivisionalatL.A. RaidersW27-20
12/28/85AFC Wild CardatN.Y. JetsW26-14
01/08/83First Round PlayoffatMiamiL31-28
12/31/78AFC DivisionalHoustonL14-31
12/18/76AFC DivisionalatOaklandL21-24
01/05/64AFL ChampionshipatSan DiegoL10-51
12/28/63AFL DivisionalatBuffaloW26-8

PATRIOTS PLAYOFF RECORD BY ROUND
First Round* 0-1
Wild Card Round 2-2
Divisional Round 5-4
Conference Championship 4-0
AFL Championship 0-1
Super Bowl 1-2
Total 12-10

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