8:00 PM ET, January 19, 2002
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Several minutes before the game-winning field goal was struck by Adam Vinatieri, the score already was up on the big scoreboard in the Patriots' end zone: Patriots 16, Raiders 13.
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Tom Brady scored the Patriots' only touchdown on this run.
None whatsoever. The second half against the Raiders answered that -- and I think Brady proved he deserved the starting job all season long. So he did nothing different Saturday night. He struggled a bit in the first half, but with the week off he may have been rusty. But give the Pats credit for making adjustments at halftime and looking to throw. It's phenomenal that Brady had such success throwing the ball in that weather. He played with poise and confidence, as he has all season; he didn't act like a guy playing in his first playoff game. Brady is definitely the Patriots' QB of the future. He brings enthusiasm, which maybe they lacked with Drew Bledsoe. It seems that the Pats' players respond to Brady.
Question on the Raiders: Do you think Jon Gruden will be coaching the Raiders next season?