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Former Patriots Coach Holovak Dies At 88

Mike HolovakMike Hovolak, who guided the then-Boston Patriots to their first championship game appearance, died Sunday at the age of 88.  Holovak, who coached the Patriots from 1961-68, is the second-winningest head coach in franchise history behind current Patriots head coach Bill Bellichick. 

In 1963, Holovak’s Patriots achieved the team’s first playoff victory, defeating the Buffalo Bills in a divisional playoff game to advance to the AFC title game.  The following season, the Patriots posted a 10-3-1 record, setting a franchise record for victories that stood for a dozen years.

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