WATCH: Matthew Slater gives Nick Folk a history lesson on Patriots' snow games

Darren Hartwell
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WATCH: Slater gives Folk a history lesson on Pats' snow games originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

With Tom Brady gone, Matthew Slater is the Patriots' elder statesman. Translation: He's seen pretty much everything during his New England tenure.

So, as snow began to fall Sunday at Gillette Stadium during the Patriots' season finale against the New York Jets, kicker Nick Folk asked the special teams ace how many "heavy" snow games he's played in over the course of 13 seasons with the Patriots.

Slater responded with a trip down memory lane. Check out their chat below, courtesy of NFL Films:

Slater immediately recalled a December 2010 game in Chicago in which the Patriots blitzed the Bears 36-7 amid a fierce blizzard.

But the 35-year-old needed some prodding by Folk to recall New England's famous 59-0 rout of the Tennessee Titans in 2009, which featured Tom Brady throwing five touchdown passes in the second quarter while donning the team's spectacular red throwback uniform.

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Slater also gave a third bonus answer, recalling a December 2008 trouncing of the Arizona Cardinals (47-7) during his rookie year that became so lopsided that Slater got the chance to play safety.

"We beat the brakes off of 'em," Slater confirmed to Folk.

While Folk seemed amused by Slater's recollections, not all of his current teammates appreciated the trip down memory lane. Jason McCourty, a rookie on that '09 Titans team, didn't exactly enjoy remembering his sixth game as a professional and jabbed at Slater on social media.

It's no coincidence that the Patriots dominated in all three of these snow games, as they've been historically successful in the elements during the Bill Belichick era.

Too bad it didn't snow during all of their games this season.