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Patriots.com News Blitz - 2/6/2008

This time, he stayed a little longer to chat.

Two days after his brief post-Super Bowl press conference, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick held a conference call with the media on Tuesday. He still hasn't watched the film of his team's loss to the New York Giants, but he was more willing to discuss New England's lone defeat of the 2007 season.

"We came so close, but it just didn't work out," he told reporters on the call. "It takes a lot to get to this point, so now we're starting all over into the '08 season. We're already moving on.

Belichick also discussed his seemingly early exit from the field as the final seconds ticked off the clock, a move that has been highly scrutinized over the past couple of days.

"Basically, on the last play I wasn't really sure of the time," Belichick said. "Everybody started onto the field and then I got over there and I wanted to congratulate Tom [Coughlin, the Giants head coach].

"I've been in that situation before after the game. I wanted to get over there and congratulate him and congratulate him on the championship. They deserved it. There really wasn't much left at that point."

So, looking ahead to 2008, which teams are poised to contend for Super Bowl XLIII? According to ESPN.com, the Patriots are at the top of the list once again.

"The Patriots should be no worse than 14-2," wrote the author. "Why? They have the easiest schedule in football."

But there's a caveat, as the article goes on to point out.

QUICK HITS

The Boston Herald hasdetails about DB Willie Andrews' legal troubles that arose following the Super Bowl.

Las Vegas oddsmakers took a big hit on Super Bowl Sunday, according to a Los Angeles Times story.

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