In the final game of a historic season, it is a remarkable irony that Patriots coach Bill Belichick must defeat the team he once helped lead to greatness: the Giants, with whom he won two Super Bowls as defensive coordinator under Bill Parcells. Though he has won three more with New England, Belichick's New York defenses remain his bellwether of excellence.
In a rare sentimental moment, the coach tells the New York Times: "Giants Stadium, the locker room is on the left and I always feel like I should be turning left. And I’ve been turning right for a lot of seasons now. We all move on. But it hits you right there, when you come out of the ramp and into the tunnel."