Bruschi said. You want to keep going up. "We've got big plans," said rookie safety Eugene Wilson. ''It got me into the holiday spirit,'' Bruschi said. In the postgame locker room, he congratulated his team, told it to savor its first season sweep of Miami since 1997. Bruschi crept up to the line of scrimmage with the Patriots clinging to a 3-0 lead. "We're happy about it, obviously, but there's still a lot of football left to be played this year. This will be a good challenge for us this week. Honestly, the only visible proof that the players had accomplished anything was their commemorative T-shirts. Any final hint of a Dolphins comeback was snuffed out when Patriots lineman Jarvis Green sacked Fiedler for a safety with 1:18 left, setting off another celebration in the stands. The coach's tunnel-vision approach has seen the Patriots through 11 victories in 12 games and nine consecutive wins, so who are we to suggest correction? The physical nature of the game was accentuated by the cold weather. Fiedler thought he saw an opening to receiver Chris Chambers, but Bruschi was waiting. Then he contradicted that by warning the players that next week's opponent, 4-9 Jacksonville, beat Houston, 27-0, yesterday. The defense did the rest - Bruschi's 5-yard interception return for a touchdown with about 9 minutes remaining, and Jarvis Green's sack of Fiedler for safety with 1:13 left. Huge collection of three Tedy Bruschi photos from the famous New England Patriots 2003 Snow Game victory over the Miami Dolphins, one large panoramic and two smaller ones from his interception and end zone celebration, with the panoramic autographed by Bruschi in silver, all professionally double matted and framed with an engraved nameplate, ready to hang. "We're happy about it, obviously, but there's still a lot of football left to be played this year. They sacked Jay Fiedler five times and forced him into 13-for-31 passing, with two interceptions. Fiedler was 13 of 31 for 111 yards; he threw two interceptions and was sacked five times. The main thing he told us was to be humble, that it's a great victory for us, and not to take anything away from ourselves. It is a phenomenon to celebrate, an expression of joy and an invitation to wreak havoc. NFL Divisional Playoff Game Has Major Snow In The Forecast ... give them a 10-0 lead over the Miami Dolphins on December 7, 2003 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. We have to get things turned around.''. Blame it on Bill Belichick. You want to keep going up. Bruschi said. We have to put this one behind us and move ahead. Honestly, the only visible proof that the players had accomplished anything was their commemorative T-shirts. With mounds of snow piling inside and around the stadium, the Patriots suffocated the Dolphins 12-0 to win the AFC East as fans celebrated with cannons of snowballs. Patriots fans Patriots fans tailgate prior to the game against the Dolphins in December 2003. In winning their ninth game in a row, the Patriots (11-2) also passed the Kansas City Chiefs (11-2) in the race for home-field advantage in the A.F.C. Blame it on Bill Belichick. We'll enjoy it for a couple of hours.". In the postgame locker room, he congratulated his team, told it to savor its first season sweep of Miami since 1997. The win coupled with Kansas City's 45-27 home loss to Denver moved the 11-2 Patriots ahead of the 11-2 Chiefs in the race for the conference's top playoff seed and the first-round bye and homefield advantage that come with it (Kansas City has lost two conference games, New England one). ''I think everyone's real proud of that record,'' said New England quarterback Tom Brady, who finished the game 16 of 31 for 163 yards. The win coupled with Kansas City's 45-27 home loss to Denver moved the 11-2 Patriots ahead of the 11-2 Chiefs in the race for the conference's top playoff seed and the first-round bye and homefield advantage that come with it (Kansas City has lost two conference games, New England one). Snow job: He needed all the help he could get. I saw Jacksonville had a really big win [yesterday] and I watched a little bit of them on tape [last] week. Deion Branch celebrated with fans after the victory. New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton runs the ball Miami Dolphins during an NFL football game at Gillette Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 in Foxborough, Mass. "We've got big plans," said rookie safety Eugene Wilson. The Patriots sent the Dolphins (8-5) home scrambling for a wild-card spot, a familiar position for Miami in recent years. ''This isn't about December,'' Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas said. By Jim McCabe, Globe Staff, 12/12/2003. Vinatieri's 48-yard field goal wins team's first Super Bowl - The Patriots, after 42 years, finally … (Tennessee's Steve McNair, four home games and two months ago, was the last person to score a touchdown here.) The Patriots won their divisional playoff game against the Oakland Raiders in the Snow Bowl on Jan. 19, 2002. By Michael Smith, Globe Staff, 12/8/2003. The Patriots held Miami's offense to 134 yards and an average of 2.2 yards per play. When it was on the line, Bruschi responded with TD. The coach's tunnel-vision approach has seen the Patriots through 11 victories in 12 games and nine consecutive wins, so who are we to suggest correction? It was not any enjoyable three hours for Miami, the fifth opponent New England has held to 10 points or fewer this season and the second straight visitor to Gillette Stadium not to score. After a brief scramble, Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel recovered the ball. The game-time temperature Sunday was 28 degrees, with the wind chill in the teens. They held the ball for 32 minutes, 45 seconds. Even after a victory like [yesterday], the goal now is to maintain the No. Belichick did not entertain any discussion last week about the possibility that his team would clinch a division title sooner than any other in franchise history. When Fiedler marched the Dolphins to a third-and-3 on the Patriots' 10-yard line in the third, he dropped back to pass, looked to his left and was leveled by Harrison, who dislodged the football. ''They are a better team right now than we are. "I certainly didn't think we racked up many statistics," said Brady (16-of-31, 163 yards, 6 completions each to Deion Branch and Daniel Graham). Fiedler rifled a pass that Bruschi somehow snared. They left the fun to the 45,378 fans, who following Tedy Bruschi's fourth-quarter touchdown used the snow that caused major logistical problems for party favors, tossing it skyward in unison. Tedy Bruschi’s touchdown after intercepting a Jay Fiedler pass in the fourth quarter helped seal the win for the Patriots.