In terms of players with playoff experience, the New England Patriots hold an advantage over the Indianapolis Colts, but Patriots head coach Bill Belichick isn't convinced that will make a difference in Sunday's conference championship game.
"I think it’ll be the team that plays the best. I don’t think it’s about how many All-Pros or how many playoff games or anything," Belichick said when asked about the experience factor Friday, according to Pro Football Talk. "I don’t think that has anything to do with it. I’ve been on plenty of teams that didn’t have any experience and won. We can go through the league and find just as many examples of that. So, zero."
"I think the team that performs the best on Sunday is the team that will win," Belichick continued. "I think all the rest of it’s a bunch of hot air. Write whatever you want. I don’t think it matters. It doesn’t mean anything."
This is the fourth consecutive season in which the Patriots have advanced at least as far as the conference championship game. In the previous three seasons, the Colts played a total of three playoff games. This will be their third playoff game this season.
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