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Patriots prepare for Madonna

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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INDIANAPOLIS - Music icon Madonna made the rounds at the J.W. Marriott hotel yesterday with a press conference and a trip to radio row. She will be the featured performer during halftime Sunday. Which mean, like all Super Bowls, an extended halftime. Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the normal break between second and third quarters is about 12 minutes. Super Bowl halftimes last around 30. He explained Friday how that affects the teams and how the Patriots prepared for the difference. ďMy experience with the longer halftime has been that you go out and you play the first half. Normally our halftime is 12 minutes and this halftime will be closer to 30, so two and a half times as long. I think it really gets into a whole restarting mentality. " "Itís not like taking a break and coming out in the second half. Itís like starting the game all over again. Itís like playing a game, stopping, and then playing a second game. Itís like a double-header in baseball, if you will." "I think that makes it a little bit different and we tried to simulate that in practice on Wednesday where we had the players go through that process of restarting. Itís the kind of thing you can have a meeting about, you can talk about, and this is what itís going to be like, thatís what itís going to be like, this is what you need to do." "I just felt that it was beneficial for our team this year to actually put them through that. Go out there and warm up, practice, take a break, shut it down for a half hour, go into the locker room, simulate what a half time would be in terms of corrections, adjustments and restarting our bodies, both mentally and physically to restart the game with ĎHereís how we are going to start the second half, hereís the plays weíre going to run, hereís the things they did to hurt us, hereís the things we have to be ready forí, things like that." "We just tried to go through that process on a time frame more like itís going to be this week than what itís been in other games this season.Ē

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