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Michael Holley gives us an enjoyable and informative feature on Bill Belichick. A glimpse of his upcoming book? Maybe. Michael Felger compares and contrasts Belichick and Jeff Fisher. Tom Curran says the Patriots don’t want to lose on Saturday night. Very nice. Alan Greenberg says Tom Brady is ready for the game…and the elements. Mike Reiss looks at how Willie McGinest has recaptured his youth this season. Christopher Price looks at the cold. Jackie MacMullan has a piece on Tedy Bruschi, who epitomizes this Patriots team. Michael Parente looks at the playoff experience of each club. Michael Smith says Adam Vinatieri still has his confidence intact. Rich Thompson looks at the respect Vinatieri has for Gary Anderson. Charlie Pierce says New England fans aren’t all that tough. The Globe staffers make their playoff predictions. Patriots across the board. Except for Jim McCabe, who picks the Titans, but doesn’t say why. Tony Chamberlain looks at Rodney Harrison. Gerry Callahan has a pay column on the Patriots being annoyed at the Red Sox stealing the sports page headlines. He makes some suggestions for the Patriots to regain those headlines, such as trading Tom Brady and Richard Seymour for Peyton Manning, and firing Bill Belichick. Felger’s notebook has Belichick still sour on the new turf. Smith’s notebook has the Patriots getting anxious to get to game time. Curran’s notebook has more on the sod. Parente’s notebook has the Patriots with Super aspirations.

Dan Shaughnessy and Mike Reiss remember and pay tribute to Will McDonough.

Nick Cafardo looks at the coaching vacancies around the NFL, which ones have been filled thus far, and why. George Kimball looks at a couple Titans who might be headed for retirement following the season. Mark Blaudschun looks at Titans linebacker Keith Bullock, who has provided the few bulletin board quotes available this week. Cafardo also has a piece on Carolina receiver Steve Smith. Kimball also has a pay column on the magic of Jeff Fisher. Jim McCabe looks at Trent Green. Cafardo’s notebook says that even though Eddie George has yet to practice this week, he will be at full strength tomorrow night.

Bill Griffith wraps up all the Patriots coverage on the airwaves.