January 20, 2002
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Adam Vinatieri's field goal in overtime gave the Patriots a thrilling 16-13 win against the Raiders to move to the AFC title game.
John Bohn/Globe Staff
Defensive end Bobby Hamilton celebrated on the snowy turf after the winning kick.
The game changed on a fourth-quarter play when an apparent lost fumble by Tom Brady was later ruled an incomplete pass.
The Raiders temporarily took control of the ball on the play, and they would have been able to run out the clock if the fumble stood.
Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour slammed Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon during the third quarter.
Patriots running back Antowain Smith rushed 20 times for 65 yards during the game.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick earned his first playoff win since arriving in 2000.
Steam rose from the head of Patriots guard Mike Compton during the chilly night.
These fans were not deterred by the winter storm.
On the winning kick, Patriots players cleared a spot for Vinatieri to kick during a timeout.
The win was the Patriots' first playoff victory in more than four years.
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