Patriots Have Had a Ball When It Snows In Foxborough

In 1982, Mark Henderson, a convict on work release, cleared snow from the field before a winning Patriots kick.
In 1982, Mark Henderson, a convict on work release, cleared snow from the field before a winning Patriots kick. –AP

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

So you’re telling me there’s a chance of snow Sunday when the Patriots face the Broncos? OK, bring it on. Because when the flakes are falling, the Patriots to turn up the heat on their opponents and just can’t lose.

Snowflakes have already fallen at Gillette Stadium Sunday morning, with a slight chance of more flakes during the game.

Let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable snow games in Patriots history:

Oct. 18, 2009: Patriots 59, Titans 0

Patriots running back Laurence Maroney drags Titans cornerback Jason McCourty through the snow and into the end zone for a first quarter touchdown run of 40 plus yards. —The Boston Globe

A rare October snow storm blanketed Gillette Stadium when the Patriots hosted the Titans on Oct. 18, 2009. The Pats improved to 11-0 in snow games at home in Foxborough after building a 45-0 halftime lead over the Titans — the largest halftime lead in NFL history. Running back Laurence Maroney got the scoring started when he dragged Tennessee cornerback Jason McCourty — yes, Devin’s brother — through the snow and into the end zone.

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Maroney ran for 123 yards on 16 carries, quarterback Tom Brady passed for 380 yards and six touchdowns, and three of Randy Moss’s eight catches were for touchdowns.

Dec. 21, 2008: Patriots 47, Cardinals 7

Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker plays in the snow after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter. —The Boston Globe

This one was also a rout, so much so that receiver Wes Welker found himself playing in the snow. Welker had seven catches for 68 yards and a touchdowns. Matt Cassel passed for 345 yards and three touchdowns, and the Patriots running game went for 183 yards.

The Cardinals were held to 186 yards of total offense.

Dec. 4, 2005: Patriots 16, Jets 3

Who needs a shirt in December? —The Boston Globel

One fan in particular didn’t mind the 26-degree weather and light snow as the Patriots’ defense kept the Jets grounded. Adam Vinatieri kicked three field goals and Corey Dillon had a 1-yard touchdown run. The Jets had only 164 yards of total offense.

Jan. 16, 2005 — AFC Divisional playoff: Patriots 20, Colts 3

Bill Belichick looks on from the sidelines during the AFC divisional playoff game in 2005. —AP

Coach Bill Belichick wore only his signature hoodie to protect against the elements during a playoff victory over the Colts after the 2004 season that started their march to the Super Bowl. Linebacker Tedy Bruschi led a defense that limited the Colts to just 46 yards on the ground.

Adam Vinatieri kicked two field goals, and Tom Brady ran for one touchdown and passed for another. The Patriots led 6-3 at halftime. Corey Dillon had 144 yards rushing.

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Jan. 18, 2004 — AFC Championship: Patriots 24, Colts 14

Patriots Jarvis Green sacks Colts quarterback Peyton Manning in the AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium. —The Boston Globe

In the AFC Championship game, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was sacked three times by Jarvis Green (left), and Manning was intercepted three times by Ty Law and four times total. Tom Brady hit 22 of 37 passes for 237 yards and Antowain Smith gained 100 yards on 22 carries. The Patriots built a 15-0 lead by halftime.

Dec. 14, 2003: Patriots 27, Jaguars 13

Tom Brady gets off a pass as the Patriots defeated the Jaguars 27-13 —The Boston Globe

On a frigid day with temperatures around 25 with a wind chill that reduced it to 16, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tried to pass to fullback Larry Centers (31, center), who had Jacksonville linebacker Mike Peterson in his face.

The victory made the Patriots 12-2 for the first time in franchise history. Brady passed for 228 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Tyrone Poole had two interceptions and the Patriots won their 10th straight.

Dec. 7, 2003: Patriots 12, Dolphins 0

One fan in the end zone had an area all to himself to watch the Patriots clinch the AFC East title. —The Boston Globe

This playoff contest against Miami was played at the end of a two-day snowstorm and was the first of three snow games the Patriots would play during the 2003 season. The Patriots defense shut down the Dolphins to lead New England as it clinched the AFC East title, and fans celebrated by tossing snow in the air caught the attention of the players.

“I give everybody credit and I am happy that we have the fans that we have,’’ linebacker Mike Vrabel said. “I know it was tough getting here. Guys had a tough time getting here. The way that they timed up the cheer, whoever came up with that, they did a great job and it was well executed.’’

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Jan. 19, 2002 — AFC Divisional playoff: Patriots 16, Raiders 13

Mark Henderson was not available, so Patriots teammates clear the ground of snow with their feet, as they try to give Adam Vinatieri (far left) the best footing to kick the winning field goal in overtime. —The Boston Globe

In one of most memorable games in Patriots history — the game dubbed the Snow Bowl — players cleared a place for Adam Vinatieri to kick the game-winning field goal in overtime. The game is also known as the tuck rule game because of the controversial replay decision that gave the Patriots the ball back after Tom Brady lost control of it after being hit by Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson. It was ruled a fumble on the field.

In a driving snowstorm, the Patriots rallied to tie after maintaining possession on the reversal, then won in OT.

Dec. 12, 1982: Patriots 3, Dolphins 0

Mark Henderson,24, a convict on work release from the Massachusetts Correctional Insitution at Norfolk, Mass, clears snow Dec.13,1982 at Schaefer Stadium. —AP

One of the most famous snow games featured convicted criminal Mark Henderson, on a work release program, driving a plow on the field to clear the way for John Smith’s field goal, the only score in a game dubbed the “Snowplow Game.’’ Patriots coach Ron Meyer ordered the path cleared, prompting Dolphins coach Don Shula to later call it the “most unfair act’’ ever. The league banned the use of snowplows after the season.

Photos not available: The Patriots defeated the New Orleans Saints, 7-0 in cold, snowy conditions on Dec. 4, 1983, and edged the Buffalo Bills, 26-24 on Dec. 10, 1978, a day that featured both snow and sun.

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