Since the New England Patriots moved into Gillette Stadium beginning in the 2002 season, no team has complied more wins at home than the Patriots.
The Patriots are an impressive 67-13 in the regular season and an even more impressive 8-2 in the postseason all-time at Gillette Stadium.
Bitter, cold conditions in the months of December and January and a rabid fan base have helped turn Gillette stadium into one of the toughest venues to play in all the NFL.
But Ravens running back Ricky Williams said the Patriots’ aura is not what it seems.
“If you hit them in the mouth and you stand up to them, that’s the way you play it,” said Williams, who is quite familiar with the Patriots after spending the previous eight seasons with the Miami Dolphins, via The Baltimore Sun. “I think when you’re as good as they are, you get used to people kind of being intimidated. And I think when you show them that you’re not, it automatically makes them have to change the way they’re used to playing, and that automatically gives us an advantage.”
Wide receiver Lee Evans, who spent his first years in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills–another division rival of New England’s–agreed with his teammate.
“Regardless of what happened in the first three quarters, they’re going to play for four quarters,” Evans said. “You’ve got to stand your ground and keep doing what you do and do what you can do to come out with the win.”