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From the archives | 2001

Patriots roll past Dolphins to brink of playoffs

FOXBOROUGH - Roman Phifer watched as teammates poured a Gatorade bucket of ice water over Bill Belichick’s head near the conclusion of yesterday’s 20-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins. He then joined his teammates for an impromptu run around the stadium to thank fans for their support.

“This was,” said Phifer, pausing to collect himself, “the most important game of my life. It’s the first time in 11 years that I’ll be going to the playoffs. I can’t tell you what that means to me. I can’t tell you how I feel right now because it’s a feeling I don’t think I’ve experienced.”

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