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From the archives | 2003

Patriots outlast Titans in frigid playoff test

FOXBOROUGH - Give him credit. He called it. Bill Belichick predicted a week ago that last night’s AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium against the Tennessee Titans would be the Patriots’ toughest game of the season. It sounded like a cliche when he said it. But Belichick couldn’t have been more accurate.

Playing in the coldest game in franchise history (4 degrees, minus-10 windchill at kickoff), the top-seeded Patriots held on for a 17-14 win over the wild-card Titans. Adam Vinatieri, who had missed a 44-yard field goal in the first quarter, gave New England the win with a 46-yarder with 4 minutes 6 seconds to play.

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