JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Vince Lombardi's (search) trophy. Vince Lombardi's record. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick (search) will leave Jacksonville with a couple of nice mementos that used to belong to the late Green Bay Packers legend.
Belichick guided the Patriots to a 24-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles (search) on Sunday, earning his third Super Bowl title in four years and improving his career playoff record to 10-1. That surpassed Lombardi for the best postseason coaching mark in NFL history.
Belichick has won nine consecutive playoffs games since his only loss with the Cleveland Browns in 1995. It also is Belichick's third Super Bowl ring as a head coach, joining Washington's Joe Gibbs and Bill Walsh in San Francisco and just one behind the four Chuck Noll won in Pittsburgh.
Belichick also won two as Bill Parcells' assistant with the New York Giants. That was back when he was derided as "Little Bill" and "Tuna Helper."
Now Belichick has surpassed his mentor and just about every other coach in NFL history, too, devising a game plan that neutralized Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and kept receiver Terrell Owens from breaking the game open.
But things didn't start out so well for Belichick on Sunday.
At the beginning of the game, he jogged onto the field to the wrong sideline. When he got to the Eagles' bench, he realized what he had done and jogged back across the field.
It was one of the few mistakes he made.