But bitter New Englanders recall that a play before Tyree's acrobatics, Samuel let an interception slip through his hands. It would have sewn up the game and a perfect 19--0 season for the Patriots; 18--1 doesn't have the same ring, yet Samuel kept his gaffe in perspective. "Life goes on, you know? You have to move forward," he said in August, after signing a free-agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. "Nine times out of 10 I never miss that play, but one play doesn't make a game."
Maybe not, but this year proved that one little play, and one minor player, can change history.
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