Bill Cowher chose field goal over touchdown early in the fourth quarter and with it sealed New England’s victory.
Down 31-17 early in the 4th quarter, the Jaw opted to boot the FG on fourth and goal from the 4.
Cowher had figured his No. 1 ranked defense could hold the Pats and that two scores (TD 2-pt conversion and another FG) would tie the game.
Instead, New England drove down the field and matched the three-pointer. Cowher backed off when the Pats defense threw down the gauntlet
End of story, year and point spread cover.