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Bill Belichick takes the New England Patriots to the movies on Friday

Frank Schwab
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During offseason minicamps, sometimes in training camp, a NFL coach will take his team bowling or some other similar activity for bonding purposes.

That doesn't happen a lot during the season. There's the very serious business of watching film, practicing and preparing for that week's game to focus on. You surely wouldn't guess that the typically dour Patriots coach Bill Belichick would be the one to take his team on a trip to the movies a couple days before a huge game at Baltimore.

But yet, Friday became movie day for the Patriots.

ESPN's Field Yates reported on the trip. Yates reported that the Patriots went to go see "Lone Survivor," a movie starring Mark Wahlberg depicting the real life events of Navy SEALs on a mission to capture a Taliban leader in Afghanistan in 2007.

What, Bill, no "Anchorman 2"?

Belichick must have felt that the Patriots needed a bit of a break from the grind, coming off a tough loss at Miami last week. He changed the team's practice schedule to take the players to the theater.

The Patriots still have a chance to get the No. 1 seed in the AFC, slip to the third seed or even a far-fetched scenario in which they miss the playoffs altogether, considering they haven't clinched a spot yet. So there's still a lot on the line in the last two weeks of the regular season.

But sometimes, it's just good to take a break, even for the most serious coach in the league.

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