Which Patriots team is your all-time favorite?
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After earning a bye in the first round of the playoffs, the Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in a dense fog in Foxborough, and then the Jacksonville Jaguars, who had upset the highly favored Denver Broncos a week earlier, to earn a trip to Super Bowl XXXI. In New Orleans, the Patriots lost to Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers, 35-21. The Bill Parcells era in New England ended abruptly after the loss when the Big Tuna resigned and headed back to New York to become head coach of the Jets.