By Tom E. Curran
Bill Belichick discounted the importance of the Patriots' 45-3 depantsing of the New York Jets in Week 13 during a conference call Sunday afternoon.
War Room: Jets don't pose much of a threat
"I don't think the last game or the first game means a whole lot," said Belichick. "We're ready for a whole new week of preparation. Seems every time you play a team, things go a lot differently. We're not expecting anything other than starting this game off and trying to do a better job than the Jets do next Sunday afternoon."Belichick says he watched the entirety of the Wild Card win by New York over the Colts, calling it a "terrific game." He held off on attacking the theactual preparation until Sunday, though. "I'm not much of a night person," he said. Belichick was pretty chipper last week but the shade has been drawn on that, which you could tell in his tone during the call. You can also tell he relishes the chance to play New York again. "We split with them, now it will be the best two-out-of-three which is probably the way it should be," he said. "We'll find out which team will advance."Given the nature of New York's win over the Colts - a field goal at the gun to win it - Belichick was asked if he expected the Jets to have any additional momentum. "I don't think what happened last week or some game in December . . . will have too much bearing on it," he answered. "What happens between now and kickoff and how the teams perform once the game starts will decide the winner."Belichick said he didn't begin thinking of playing Indy when Adam Vinatieri drilled a go-ahead kick in the final minute.
"In this league, you don't think it's over until the final gun goes off," he warned. "Whether we're playing in a game or we're watching a game.A lot of things happen at the end. That's why ratings are so high. People don't turn off their sets. They want to see how it turns out."There's no mistaking the succinct message Belichick will deliver to his team. Asked what he would tell his rookies they should keep in mind about playoff football, he answered, "If you lose, you go home."That wasfollowed by about 10 seconds of uncomfortable silence.
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