FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick can add another division championship hat and T-shirt to those overflowing reminders of his accomplishments.
But it's the Super Bowl clothing — and trophy— the coach of the New England Patriots and his players really want. And winning the AFC East the past two seasons didn't keep them from losing their opening playoff game each year, both at home.
So forget about the garb the Patriots earned Sunday when they won the division title for the ninth time in 11 years with a 41-23 victory over the Denver Broncos.
This week, Belichick will work hard preparing for Saturday's home game against the Miami Dolphins. Then he'll focus on the final regular-season game, on New Year's Day against the Buffalo Bills, also at home.