New England Patriots defeat Miami Dolphins, 24-10

They spent the better part of the week toiling in virtual anonymity as bit players on the Patriots roster.

But they shared a common bond as supporting cast members who also shared the common goal of wanting to make the most of their cameo appearances in yesterday's 24-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

They weren't interested in stealing any scenes, but wideout/ kick returner Kevin Kasper, rookie cornerback Randall Gay, rookie safety Dexter Reid, and running back Rabih...

There was no champagne-spraying celebration in the Patriots locker room following their historic 24-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins yesterday. In fact, the only person who got wet was coach Bill Belichick, who received a Gatorade shower from Richard Seymour and Rodney Harrison in the final seconds.

A smiling Belichick acknowledged the crowd with waves to every side of the stadium, shook hands with most of his players for their part in the 19-game winning streak, incl...

History never felt quite this ho-hum.

For weeks, cautious Patriots players downplayed their run at the record book, insisting their systematic construction of a winning streak dating back to October of 2003 was of little or no consequence. We were chastised for forecasting the possibilities and discouraged from attaching significance to a milestone that would not produce a championship ring.

Dutifully, we recorded player after player insisting they would not celebrat...

He was able to pitch to his team for weeks that setting an NFL record by winning 19 straight games, including postseason, was not important. Yet after his team set the mark in yesterday's 24-10 win over the Miami Dolphins, Belichick acknowleged the achievement and complimented his players.

"Well, that felt good," Belichick said. "I told our team after the game that I was really proud of what they did and that no team in pro football has done that. But that being said, t...