FOXBOROUGH - The tangible evidence rested inside each Patriot’s locker yesterday afternoon, waiting for them when they walked off the field. In every stall there was a rolled-up T-shirt, wrapped with a rubber band, and stuck inside a hat. Both items had “AFC East Champions” printed on them.
Some players slipped on the hats. Others left the garb in their stalls. Coach Bill Belichick strode to the middle of the room.