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Despite success, Patriots players haven’t always felt the advantage in cold weather games

“We’re playing the Chargers,” said Bill Belichick. “We’re not playing the weather.”

The comment came during Friday’s press conference prior to Sunday’s AFC Divisional Round playoff game against Los Angeles at Gillette Stadium. It was in many respects a vintage Belichick response.

The New England coach conceded nothing regarding his team’s supposed advantage in cold games, particularly against an opponent that plays in a warmer climate. And based on historical results, if someone is worried about the weather, it won’t be the home team.

Factually speaking, the Patriots have lived up to the reputation over the years of dominating in cold weather (and snow).