New England Patriots Links 1/10/11 - Pats-Jets Ready For Round Three

Bill Belichick talks about the familiarity the Pats and Jets have with each other and the challenges of preparing to play the same team for the third time.

I think the most important thing is the week of preparation and how the teams prepare on Sunday. I think that's what it really comes down to. I don't think what happened last week or in some game in December or some game in September or some game in October, I don't think that's going to have too much bearing on it. I think what happens between now and kickoff and how the teams perform once the game starts, I think that's what will decide the winner.

I just think you have that extra game that you usually don't have. You might've played them once and so you know what you did in that game, there is a reason for the things that you did, [there] definitely is a reason for the things they tried to do against you. So, the second time around, you want to show it a little bit differently and do the same things or you feel like you need to alter your approach a little bit or how you want to handle it.

Now, this time you've got that second game in there, so I think it's a lot easier for your opponents to see or for you to see whichever way it's going – two games are pretty much the same thing or how different was the approach from one game to the next and then trying to anticipate what would be the next move. And of course nobody knows for sure what that's going to be, so you have to prepare for a lot of different things.

In the end, you still have to put your chips on something. You have to anticipate what you think is most likely to occur. You have to allocate some practice time and game planning to whatever you happen to think that is. You have one more game to go on than you would normally have in a normal division situation, division game.

Bill Belichick is asked, "What's the most important thing for a young player or rookie to know about the difference in football at this time of year?

If you lose, you go home.

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  • Jimmy Johnson (Fox Sports) Jets will turn up heat against Patriots.
  • George Bretherton (NY Times) Underestimating the Jets, Year 2.
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  • Don Banks (SI) The AFC's power rematches, the Pack's breakthrough and more from Wild Card Weekend.
  • Peter King (SI) MMQB: Epic wild-card weekend sets up two classic rubber matches in AFC.
  • Sam Farmer (Los Angeles Times) Terrific rematches highlight next round of NFL playoffs.
  • Don Banks (SI) Jets recapture last year's playoff magic, thanks to grind-it-out rally.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) NFL divisional playoffs: A first look at the second-round rematches.
  • Judy Battista (NY Times) NFL playoff preview - Divisional round.
  • Jason Cole (Yahoo! Sports) Ten questions to ponder for divisional round.

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