New England Patriots

Dec. 15, 1998

While most scribes were rightfully focused on Bob Kraft’s decision on accepting an absurdly generous offer from Hartford to move his team to Connecticut, his football team prepared for a game in Foxborough against the San Francisco 49ers.

Patriots coach Pete Carroll – who did more for the Pats while coaching the Seahawks than he did here – said that Drew Bledsoe would miss a game against the 49ers to help a broken finger properly heal. Since the injury Bledsoe tried to keep going with generally failed ways to protect the broken bone, but the medical staff finally told him it needed a full rest.

So Carroll was left to decide which of his backups would start against the Niners – Scott Zolak or Tom Tupa.

Yes, for the uninformed, Zolak was an NFL quarterback before he began a career as radio talk-show host and in-game analyst,

Zolak got the nod and came through with a competent performance in a 24-21 win. He hit 14 of 30 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown.

The Pats finished the regular season 9-7 and were trounced in the wild-card round of the playoffs at Jacksonville, 25-10.