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Patriot Missiles
Michael Silver
February 04, 2002
With lightning strikes from special teams and laser-guided passes from a resurgent Drew Bledsoe, surprising New England punched a ticket to New Orleans
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February 04, 2002

Patriot Missiles

With lightning strikes from special teams and laser-guided passes from a resurgent Drew Bledsoe, surprising New England punched a ticket to New Orleans

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As the Patriots' team buses neared the airport, Bledsoe took out his cell phone and called his off-season home in Montana. His wife, Maura, answered on the first ring, then handed the phone to four-year-old Stuart, the eldest of their three sons. "Daddy, Daddy!" Stuart exclaimed. "You're a champion."

With a lump in his throat and a fire in his belly, Bledsoe told his boy, "Not yet, son. Not yet."

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