Belichick is playoff money

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 1:54 PM ET

Standing on the sideline, Bill Belichick often looks like he spent the night sleeping in an alley.

Crinkled clothes, a head of hair that looks like it has never met a comb and a constant sour look on his face.

But Belichick's goal is not be on the cover of GQ. Heck, he might not even know that GQ stands for Gentlemen's Quarterly, let alone care.

What he does care about is the x's and o's that make up a winning football team. And yesterday he once again showed there is no one better.

By leading his New England Patriots to the Super Bowl for the third time in four seasons, Belichick pulled alongside the great Vince Lombardi as having the best post-season winning percentage of any coach in NFL history at .900.

Belichick upped his career playoff record to 9-1 last night after watching his defending champion Pats down the home-town Steelers 41-27 in the AFC title game.

"It's flattering to be compared to (Lombardi)," said Belichick, whose lone playoff loss came while coaching the Cleveland Browns. "But I do think that might be stretching it a bit."

Belichick is not in the habit of boasting. Neither, for that matter, is his team.

True to form, his players said all the right things when asked about their coming foe, the Philadelphia Eagles.

"They have a great team, a great coach and a great quarterback," quarterback TomBrady said. "They've been to four straight NFC title games, so that tells you something."

Meanwhile, Steelers running back Jerome Bettis admitted he is contemplating retirement.


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