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Patriots' rule-bending goes back decades, to 'snow plow' game in 1982
Patriots' rule-bending goes back decades, to 'snow plow' game in 1982

The New England Patriots weren't always a NFL powerhouse. Far from it. But for many years they have stretched the rules for the sake of winning. And that started with the infamous "snow plow game." In 1981, the Patriots were 2-14 and the only team to lose to the lowly Baltimore Colts — which they did twice — and ended the season with a nine-game losing streak. They played in a place named for a low-rent beer, Schaefer Stadium, a dump with zero amenities that cost only $7 million to build in 1970 (or about $41 million in 2015 money). And it was cold. Very cold. I remember this because I worked there in high school, peddling merchandise adornedwith the...

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