Box Score Bank: Secules to the Rescue!MORE: Has media been fair to Bobby V.?

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Box Score Bank: Secules to the Rescue!MORE: Has media been fair to Bobby V.?

Sunday afternoon at Gillette, the Pats will look to earn their sixth consecutive victory against the Arizona Cardinals. It's a mildly impressive streak that dates back to the early '90s when the Cardinals played in Phoenix, not Arizona and it gives me a fantastic excuse to fire up the Box Score Bank.

So, let's all take a trip back to . . . October 10, 1993

Jurassic Park was No. 1 at the Box Office. "Dreamlover" by Mariah Carey was in the midst of its eight-week run atop the Billboard charts. A few months before (July 27) Microsoft launched it's first version of Windows. Bill Belichick was in his third season as head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Chandler Jones was 3 . . .

And over at Sun Devil Stadium, the great Scott Secules was playing hero for the Pats

Final Score: New England 23, Phoenix 21

This victory is wildly important in the annals of Patriots history for a few reasons.

1. After an 0-4 start, it marked the first win of Bill Parcells' Patriots career.

2. Technically, it marked the first win of Drew Bledsoe's Patriots career.

3. It's the only time in Patriots history that Scott Secules threw a pass to Kevin Turner, who, in turn, lateraled the ball to Leonard Russell for an 82-yard gain.

I think.

Anyway, here's what happened: Bledsoe started the game, and had the Pats within striking distance (14-13), before exiting in the second half with a strained knee. (He would miss the next four weeks.) Bledsoe's replacement? The aforementioned Secules, who joined the Pats that season after three years of backing up Dan Marino in Miami.

The Cardinals led 21-16 with about five minutes left in the game, when Secules found Turner in the flat for a 12-yard gain. Before he was tackled, KT flipped the ball to a surging Russell, who broke free for 69 yards and trucked all the way down to the 2.

With 3:56 left, Secules found Big Ben Coates in the end zone for a game-winning score, thus writing the first chapter in nearly 20 years worth of Patriots dominance over the ArizonaPhoeniz Cardinals.

And it all started with Secules-to-Turner-to-Russell.

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Belichick on Long's sack: One of the best defensive plays of the year

Belichick on Long's sack: One of the best defensive plays of the year

It came against a rookie quarterback. It came against an offense that averages a league-worst 15.0 points per game. It came against an offense that has fewer yards than any other. 

Still there are signs that Bill Belichick is pretty pleased with where his defense is after beating the Rams 26-10 on Sunday. One came on Wednesday when Patriots.com published its "Belichick Breakdown" for a closer look at a handful of plays from the team's most recent win.

Belichick called his team's third-and-eight stop with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter "probably one of the best good, team defensive plays we've had all year."

The Patriots show a five-man front, but linebacker Kyle Van Noy feigns a rush only to drop into coverage.

"Van Noy in here does a good job on the rush," Belichick said, "and also on the coverage on the back. Just good team defense. Good pass coverage down the field. The quarterback really doesn't end up having a lot of time, but there's no one to throw it to right away."

Belichick noted that all four rushers -- Chris Long, Trey Flowers, Dont'a Hightower and Rob Ninkovich -- all are able to pressure Jared Goff on the play. Combined with strong coverage in the secondary, the Rams nver really had a chance.

Belichick said it looked like a "tidal wave" of defenders bearing down on the quarterback.

"Long wins here . . . on the inside spin," Belichick said, "and Trey Flowers and Hightower both win on the little twist game inside. Then that's Rob with good speed-to-power on [Rams tackle Rob] Havenstein on the outside. Four good rushers. Plus a fifth guy...Van Noy getting that two-for-one on the guard and the back.

"Good team defense. That's great to see. A lot of hard work an execution on the practice field to make that happen."

Harbaugh on Belichick: 'I feel like we have a good relationship'

Harbaugh on Belichick: 'I feel like we have a good relationship'

FOXBORO -- They sounded like a couple of old pals. 

First it was Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who spoke of Ravens coach John Harbaugh during a conference call like one of his favorite fellow lacrosse dads.

"John and I saw a game a couple of years ago, a [Johns] Hopkins vs. Maryland game," Belichick said, adding that Harbaugh's love for the sport is just starting to blossom. "Yeah, I think John is seeing the light."

Belichick added that the two might be closer if they weren't competing so often, both in-season on the field and for free agents in the offseason. 

"As you know, we get into a situation like we’re in now where they have a good team, we have a good team, we’re playing a big game on Monday night," Belichick said. "Both teams are going to do everything they can to compete as hard as they can on Monday night. That’s what it is and that’s what we all signed up for. We all know that’s a part of it.

"When we’re not going head-to-head, which isn’t very often because we compete against each other in the offseason, we compete against each other to build our team and so forth, it just puts things in a little bit of a different situation."

During his press conference with reporters on Wednesday, Harbaugh echoed Belichick's sentiments. Belichick was famously one of Harbaugh's biggest supporters earlier in his career, calling the Ravens on Harbaugh's behalf when the franchise was looking for a new head coach. And if only they weren't so frequently competing against each other, they might be even closer, Harbaugh indicated. 

"I feel like we have a good relationship," Harbaugh said. "Like you said, we're probably not socializing that much, but I don't know how many coaches really do. We're all so busy. I'll see him or any coach at the Combine or at the owner's meetings, and we have a chance to talk. It's always good. I have a ton of respect for him. I really like him as a person. I think he's a great coach -- greatest coach of this generation. He's earned that title.

"And I study him. I've always studied him. I've always studied coach Belichick from when I first met him when I was an assistant at the University of Cincinnati, and he came in and just was great to be around.  [We have a] similar background with the special teams and that sort of thing. All of that kind of goes out the window when you compete against one another. It's like anything else, you want to win. I'm sure he feels the same way."

The recent history between their respective franchises is rife with emotion: There was Baltimore's irate reaction to Belichick's unusual formations in the AFC Divisional Round two seasons ago; there was the Ravens' supposed involvement in sparking Deflategate; and there was Harbaugh's subsequent denial. But Belichick and Harbaugh made it sound on Wednesday as if all's good between them.