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Notebook: Slick surface won't slow Pats

| Friday, Jan. 21, 2005

Coach Bill Belichick said his team will come well-prepared for any kind of slick surface it might encounter at Heinz Field. Slips hurt the Patriots last time they were here. Literally, in one case. Cornerback Ty Law suffered a season-ending foot injury when he slipped trying to make a break at the line of scrimmage.

  • Belichick was asked if he'd looked closely at how the New York Jets played the Steelers in two games this season.

    "Sure," he said. "Those were two of the most competitive games the Steelers had all year. The Jets played them about as tough as you can play them. They played 'em a lot tougher than we did."

  • Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi believes that togetherness is a key to his team's success.

    "Whenever you see a guy who maybe feels like he doesn't fit in -- maybe he's a little quieter and doesn't want to participate in some our jabs and joking around -- we won't just leave him alone," Bruschi said. "We'll keep coming at him and coming at him and coming at him until they acknowledge, 'Hey, man, it's cool. We're all in this together.' "

  • Belichick said that defensive end Richard Seymour ( knee) is more active than he was last week but remains a game-day decision. LB Ted Johnson (flu) appeared on the injury report and is questionable. New England is two wins short of tying the all-time playoff record of nine in a row, set by the Green Bay Packers (1961-67). The Patriots have 31 consecutive wins when leading at the half.

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