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Patriots started early Texans preparation on Saturday because Belichick thought Dolphins would lose to Steelers

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick expected the Pittsburgh Steelers to beat the Dolphins.

The New England Patriots didn’t know which team they would face in the Divisional Round until Sunday afternoon, but they decided to start scouting the Houston Texans on Saturday.

Why? Well, head coach Bill Belichick didn’t think the Miami Dolphins were going to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. Belichick joined WEEI’s Dale and Holley to discuss what he was looking for over Wild Card Weekend.

“Well, you know, just trying to see what’s going to happen in the Pittsburgh game,” Belichick said. “We had already started on Houston because they had won Saturday night, [so we watched Pittsburgh] just to confirm it. It kind of felt like Pittsburgh had the upper hand there, you know, playing at home. But, you never know. Well, once we got to the middle of the third quarter, then we kind of folded up all the Miami stuff and moved on to Houston.”

The Patriots had a front row seat to witness the Dolphins’ potential in week 17, and apparently they didn’t leave a good enough impression with Belichick. The Steelers rocked the Dolphins defense, as Belichick expected, setting up a Divisional Round rematch with the Texans.