The Jets running game had been shut down in that 2002 matchup and it didn't do much better this time around, totalling just 65 yards, 53 of them from former Patriot Curtis Martin. Delhomme started out Carolina's ensuing drive with a 13-yard completion to wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad. Then after throwing an incompletion, Brady completed a long pass to Branch, who caught it at the Panthers 24-yard line in stride before being tackled at the 14-yard line for a 52-yard gain. Both teams entered the Sunday Night Football contest at 7–2 and the game was the first showdown between Bill Belichick and the coach he worked under for many years, former Patriots coach Bill Parcells. Panthers running back Stephen Davis then ran for 21 yards on the next play to set up kicker John Kasay's 50-yard field goal as time expired in the half, cutting Carolina's deficit to 14–10. passes. The drive ended with no points when Vinatieri missed a 44-yard field goal attempt, but on the next play, safety Rodney Harrison intercepted a pass from McNair and returned it 7 yards to the Patriots 43-yard line. The Jaguars' first offensive play was a 67-yard completion to With a tied game late in the fourth quarter, Adam Vinatieri kicked the game-winning field goal with seconds remaining, giving the Patriots their second Super Bowl victory in three seasons. Although New England's offense fared no better and only scored one touchdown, Vinatieri's 5 field goals made up for the difference as the Patriots won, 24–14, to advance to their second Super Bowl appearance in 3 seasons. A few plays later, the Titans defensive scheme confused him and caused him to burn a timeout, but it was well spent. Backed up to their one-yard line, the Patriots were forced to punt, but with so little room to work, they snapped the ball through the endzone for a deliberate safety. Early in the third quarter, McNair led the Titans on a 70-yard scoring drive, completing 5 consecutive passes for 59 yards and capping it off with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Mason. After that, Delhomme completed a 19-yard pass to Muhammad, followed by a 31-yard completion to receiver Ricky Proehl. The third quarter was scoreless as each team exchanged punts twice. But the Patriots 31–10 runaway following another Cloud touchdown became an epic shootout as two Brady interceptions gave the Colts touchdown drives, and they tied the game at 31 at 4:39 of the fourth. The Vikings' upset of the Packers and the Bengals' takedown of the Titans, among other surprises, led to a rough weekend for many NFL bettors. Tony Banks erupted to three second-half touchdowns as the Texans' defense bullied the Patriots into two fumbles and a Tom Brady INT. He's someone the Jags can rely on in third-and-short situations. But this time, the Patriots failed to score because defensive back Walt Harris picked off a pass from Brady in the end zone. The Colts had a great opportunity to score when rookie defense back David Macklin recovered a fumble from receiver Bethel Johnson three plays after the free kick, giving Indianapolis a first down on the Patriots 41-yard line. At the two-minute warning, Brady would pooch-punt and pin the Dolphins at their own 1-yard line; Fiedler was sacked a few plays later for a safety that sealed a 12–0 Patriots victory and the division title. First, Dominic Rhodes gave them great field position by returning the second half kickoff 35 yards to the 49-yard line. All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC. in Foxboro. Cornerback Ty Law and defensive lineman Richard Seymour were both named as starters, while linebacker Willie McGinest was named as a reserve, replacing the injured Peter Boulware.[22]. 24 yard field goal by Seth Marler (JAC) is good. ^Notes:@Brady completed 12 of his first 13 passes. The 2003 New England Patriots season was the 34th season for the team in the National Football League and 44th season overall. They still haven't lost in seven games there. visitor to reach the end zone in Foxboro in more than two months. Despite 367 yards of offense the Patriots could only muster three Adam Vinatieri field goals, with his fifth miss of the season added in. With both offenses struggling, the Patriots missed a chance to open a wider lead when Vinatieri missed a 54-yard field goal at the end of the first half. An 0–8 record in road games eliminated any chance of postseason play. Holcomb was also sacked three times as the Browns limped home after a 9–3 Patriots win. at Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey. Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? Patriots led 13-6 at halftime. Three plays after the ensuing kickoff, Indianapolis was forced to punt. Rhodes returned five kickoffs for 121 yards, rushed for 16, and caught 2 passes for 17. The Dolphins marched down field late in the fourth; during this drive a Ricky Williams first down run was protested by the Patriots who felt Williams' knee touched the dirt infield at Pro Player Stadium, but the challenge was denied. Foster started the drive with a 9-yard run and a 7-yard reception. The game took a back seat in subsequent days, however, to an incident on the sidelines when ESPN reporter Suzy Kolber interviewed Joe Namath, whose speech seemed erratic; Namath burst out by saying, "I wanna kiss you!" They still haven't lost in seven games there. After the turnover, the Colts drove 57 yards to the New England 31-yard line. Roman Phifer almost ended the drive by intercepting a pass from McNair, but lineman Richard Seymour was penalized for roughing the passer and the Titans got the ball back with a first down on the New England 9-yard line. The New England Patriots finally allowed a touchdown at home. to Kolber, and was forced to apologize for it in subsequent days. running out of room, so we need to focus that much harder.". The Dolphins smothered the Patriots' final drive attempt (the decisive play came when former Patriot Terrell Buckley stopped Kevin Faulk for a four-yard loss) and the game went to overtime. in catches last year but missed the last four games with a leg Most of the first half was a defensive struggle, with neither team able to score until late in the second quarter, despite several early scoring opportunities for New England. Then on 3rd down from his own 15-yard line, Delhomme threw for the longest play from scrimmage in Super Bowl history, an 85-yard touchdown completion to Muhammad. injury. At 2-5, New England has a depleted roster and a 10.1% chance to make the playoffs. 0-7 on the road. New England beat Jacksonville 27-13 on a snowy Sunday for its Brown and a 1-yard run by Antowain Smith. It didn't matter as two Tom Brady touchdown throws, an Antowain Smith rushing score, and two Vinatieri field goals were enough for a 27–13 Patriots win. Dallas and Miami, 12-0, and had 10 straight shutout quarters before Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. Following a Peyton Manning touchdown to Marcus Pollard with 12 seconds left in the first half, Bethel Johnson ran back the ensuing kick 92 yards for a touchdown. The Patriots subsequently marched to the 9-yard line, but Carolina kept them out of the end zone and Adam Vinatieri missed a 31-yard field goal attempt. The Patriots managed two Adam Vinatieri field goals and a two-yard Antowain Smith touchdown marred by a blocked PAT. Marler's field goal with 7:41 gone in the first quarter. The Patriots picked off Pennington right away, setting up David Givens' 35-yard score not even one minute into the game. The Patriots forced Carolina to punt after 3 plays and again got the ball with great field position, receiving Todd Sauerbrun's 40-yard punt at the Panthers 49-yard line. The Dolphins threatened the Patriots offensively for the first time in the game late in the third quarter, advancing to the Patriots' 10-yard line before Rodney Harrison strip-sacked Jay Fiedler, with Mike Vrabel recovering the fumble for the Patriots (and embarrassing Dolphins rookie TE Randy McMichael, who had talked trash about the Patriots before the game but blew his blocking assignment against Harrison on this play).