FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick held his Thursday press conference (10:30 a.m.) and noted that the team is working on situational football today.
Although the intensity is elevated with the team entering the playoffs, there were a few light moments.
Belichick was asked how he keeps the team focused and avoiding outside distractions.
"Not let the media in the locker room," he said, smiling.
Belichick then answered the question, turning serious.
"This is what we've worked for all year," he said. "We've been at this since players started the offseason program at the end of March. Spring camps, training camp, two-a-day practices, preseason games, a demanding 16-game regular season schedule, all to get to this point. So that's what you do just to have the opoportunity to be one of the 12 playoff teams, which we are, one of the six in the AFC. You work that hard to get to this point, I'd like to think that's when you really want to put your foot on the gas and try to take advantage of the opportunity. There is no guarantee this opportunity will ever be here again, for any of us. Everything is year to year. And obviously it's a one-game season."
As his press conference ended, Belichick chatted with ESPN's Chris Berman, who is present today.