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CONNECTIONS- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, while leading the Cleveland Browns, hired Terry McDonough as a scout.

- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, while leading the Cleveland Browns, hired Terry McDonough as a scout. McDonough is now an Executive Scout with the Jaguars.

  • Patriots quarterbacks coach John Hufnagel was the Jaguars quarterbacks coach in 2002.
  • Patriots assistant strength & conditioning coach Markus Paul was born on April 1, 1966, in Orlando, Fla. He was an all-state quarterback and defensive back at Osceola High and led his team to the high school Citrus Bowl in 1983.
  • Patriots quarterback Damon Huard saw his only postseason action as a quarterback against the Jaguars, completing 5-of-16 passes for 46 yards. (1/15/00)
  • Patriots fullback Fred McCrary was born on September 19, 1972, in Naples, Fla. He gained more than 1,200 yards as a senior at Naples High School and was honored as the school's top athlete in 1991.
  • Patriots defensive end Anthony Pleasant was born on Jan. 27, 1968, in Century, Fla.; he earned All-America, all-state and all-conference honors as a senior at Century High School.
  • Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel was born on Jan. 6, 1981, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He was the quarterback, defensive back, kicker and punter at Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lake, Fla.) High, as well as a member of the basketball and baseball teams. Samuel's collegiate ball was played at Central Florida.
  • Patriots wide receiver J.J. Stokes spent the first nine weeks of this season with the Jaguars, starting three of the six games he appeared in and catching 13 passes for 116 yards.
  • Patriots nose tackle Ted Washington is originally from Tampa, Fla.
  • Jaguars offensive line coach Paul Boudreau was born on December 30, 1949, in Arlington, Mass. He was a letterman in both football and baseball at Boston College (1971-73). Boudreau's first season of coaching was at Oxford (Mass.) High School in 1973, followed by two seasons at Boston College and three seasons at Maine. He returned to New England in 1997 to coach the Patriots for two seasons.
  • Jaguars defensive line coach Ray Hamilton was a 14th round draft choice by the Patriots and a fixture on New England's defensive line from 1973 to 1981; he began his coaching career at New England (1985-89) and returned eight years later for another stint with the Patriots (1997-99). Hamilton's son Kadar spent a training camp with New England as well.
  • Jacksonville fullback Marc Edwards spent the past two seasons with the Patriots, starting 23 of the 32 games he appeared in, as well as all three postseason appearances. While with New England, Edwards had 82 rushes for 237 yards and 48 receptions for 386 yards.

The Patriots' defense has not allowed their opponents to score a single point at Gillette Stadium in 10 consecutive quarters of football. The last time an opponent scored at Gillette Stadium was when Phil Dawson of the Cleveland Browns converted a 29-yard field goal with 24 seconds left in the first half on Oct. 26. New England shut out Cleveland in the second half of its 9-3 win, then shut out the Dallas Cowboys, 12-0 on Nov. 16. and shut out the Dolphins, 12-0 on Nov. 7.

Overall Record: 76-70 (.521)
Regular Season: 72-69 (.511)
Postseason: 4-1 (.800)
With New England overall: 39-25 (.609)
Overall since Oct. 26, 2001: 33-11 (.750)

Bill Belichick is celebrating his 29th consecutive season as an NFL coach, and has been one of the most successful coaches in the league over the past three decades. He has been a part of three Super Bowl championship teams, including the memorable victory in Super Bowl XXXVI that brought the Patriots their first title in franchise history. Belichick has ensured that the spark of the Super Bowl season ignited a run of success that will last well into the future. Since Oct. 14, 2001, the Patriots have blossomed, rattling off 33 wins in their last 44 games and making Belichick the winningest NFL Head Coach since Week Four of the 2001 season.

Overall Record: 4-9 (.308)
Regular Season: 4-9 (.308)
Postseason: 0-0 (.000)
With Jacksonville overall: 4-9 (.308)
Overall since Oct. 26, 2001: 4-9 (.308)

Jack Del Rio is in his first season as Jaguars head coach, assuming the helm of the team on January 17, 2003. Del Rio spent six seasons as an NFL assistant coach, including one season as a defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers in 2002. Prior to joining the Panthers, Del Rio was the linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2001, and earned a Super Bowl ring in 2000 as the Ravens posted one of the most dominant defensive performances in NFL history. Del Rio broke into the coaching ranks in 1997 as an assistant strength coach for the New Orleans Saints before becoming the Saints' linebackers coach the following season. He spent 11 seasons as an NFL linebacker, playing for the Saints, Chiefs, Cowboys and Vikings. He led Minnesota in tackles for three straight seasons (1992-94) and was selected to the 1994 Pro Bowl.

The Patriots have recorded shutouts in consecutive home games for the first time in team history. It's the third time in franchise history the Patriots have recorded two shutouts in a season. The other times New England notched twin blankings were in 1983 and 1982. Last week's 12-0 win over Miami was the 19th shutout in franchise history. Prior to this season, the Patriots had not recorded a shutout since 1996.

The Patriots have an all-time record of 62-41-1 (.601) against the teams that make up the AFC South. It is the only division in the NFL where the Patriots own a winning record against all of the teams they have played. New England owns winning marks against Tennessee (19-16-1), Indianapolis (39-24), Houston (1-0) and Jacksonville (3-1). In 2003, the Patriots are 3-0 against the AFC South, having beaten Tennessee on Oct. 5 (38-30), Houston on Nov. 23 (23-20 ot) and Indianapolis on Nov. 30 (38-34). This week against Jacksonville, the Patriots will make a bid for a clean sweep of the South in 2003.

The Patriots' record in preseason, regular-season and postseason games since 1996 (.616 win pct.).
The Patriots' regular-season record since 1996 (.592 win pct).
The Patriots' postseason record since 1996 (.667 win pct).
The Patriots' preseason record since 1996 (.700 win pct).

The number of consecutive drives the Patriots defense has stopped short of the end zone at Gillette Stadium.
The number of punts the Patriots defense has forced during their touchdown-free streak.
The number of interceptions the Patriots have snared at home since they last allowed a touchdown.
The number of consecutive opponents' drives that have entered New England's half of the field that the Patriots have snuffed out short of the end zone at Gillette Stadium.

The number of points needed by Adam Vinatieri to reach the 900-point mark for his career and become just the second Patriots player (Gino Cappelletti, 1,130) to reach that threshold.
The number of passing yards Tom Brady needs to reach the 10,000-yard mark for his career and become the fifth Patriots passer to break that barrier (joining Drew Bledsoe, Steve Grogan, Vito Parilli and Tony Eason).
The number of touchdown passes Brady needs to move past Jim Plunkett (62) into fourth place on the Patriots' all-time passing touchdowns list. In Week 13 against Indianapolis, Brady passed Eason to move into fifth place on the list.

The number of pass defenses New England defenders have been credited with, a figure that leads the NFL. New Orleans ranks second with 83 pass defenses, while Baltimore is third with 83.
The number of touchdown passes the Patriots have given up through 13 games, tied for league lead with Miami.
The cumulative quarterback rating of Patriots opponents this season, the lowest in the NFL. (Tampa Bay is second at 65.9, and Miami is third at 68.3).
The completion percentage of New England's opposing quarterbacks. The figure ranks second in the NFL behind Dallas (49.9 percent).
The number of interceptions the Patriots have recorded so far this season, tying them for second in the AFC with Baltimore and Miami. Only Kansas City (21 picks) has more interceptions than New England in the AFC.

The number of consecutive Patriots preseason, regular-season and postseason home games that have been sold out since Robert Kraft bought the team in 1994.
The number of consecutive Patriots games that have been televised locally.
The Patriots record at home since 1994, including preseason, regular-season and postseason games.
The Patriots record at Gillette Stadium, including preseason and regular-season games (.833 win pct).

Bill Belichick's record in his last 44 games as the head coach of the Patriots (.750 win pct). It's the best record of any NFL head coach over that span.
Bill Belichick's overall record as head coach of the Patriots, including the playoffs.
Belichick's overall winning percentage as Patriots head coach, establishing the highest winning percentage of any coach in franchise history, including postseason games.

The number of consecutive games the Patriots have won when leading at halftime.
The Patriots record in their last 24 games in which they have led at halftime.
The number of consecutive games the Patriots have won when leading after three quarters, leading the NFL.

The number of times the Patriots have held their opponents under 30 percent on third downs this season.
The number of times the Patriots held their opponents under 30 percent on third downs all of last season.
The Patriots record in their last 13 games when holding their opponents under 30 percent on third downs.

The Patriots' record this season when they maintain a positive or even turnover differential.
The Patriots' record when they turn the ball over more than their opponents.
The Patriots' record since the beginning of the 2001 season when they maintain a positive turnover differential.
The Patriots' turnover differential this season, ranking them third in the AFC.

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