Bill Belichick waited to watch the play of Wes Welker unloading on Aqib Talib before grilling his former receiver in a press conference on Monday.
But Belichick's publicly-displayed chilly feelings for Denver's slot began the day before, right after the Broncos beat the Patriots to advance to the Super Bowl.
While Belichick sought out Peyton Manning and shared a few words with the Denver quarterback after the game, Welker had to chase down Belichick before the coach made his way into the visitor's locker room. When Welker caught him, their handshake was brief.
Compared to the embrace they shared after the Patriots beat the Broncos in New England earlier in the season, it was an icy interaction. Watch the above video to see for yourself.