FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Cornerback Ty Law will be inducted into the New England Patriots Hall of Fame today (4:30 p.m. ET). As Law dons the signature red jacket, we take a look back at Law’s greatest plays and moments of his 10-year career in New England.
Three interceptions against Peyton Manning in the 2003 AFC Championship Game. The Manning-led Colts had dominated the AFC playoffs in the first two games of their quest to reach Super Bowl XXXVIII. But Manning threw three interceptions to Law and the rest was history. Law intercepted Manning for the first time as he hauled the ball in with one hand as he cut in front of wide receiver Marvin Harrison. With the Colts down by two touchdowns, Law struck again with a quick interception in Colts' territory, though the offense could not turn it into points as Tom Brady was intercepted in the end zone by Walt Harris. On Law's final pick, Manning marched the Colts down the field and into Patriots territory when Law record the final pick. Law’s three interceptions on Manning make him just one of eight players with three or more interceptions in an NFL playoff game.
Pick-six on Kurt Warner in Super Bowl XXXVI. How the Patriots might slow down the “Greatest Show on Turf” was one of the big questions leading into Super Bowl XXXVI. The Patriots needed someone to step up and Law made one of the biggest plays in Patriots postseason history at the time. Quarterback Kurt Warner, facing pressure from linebacker Mike Vrabel off the edge and forced to throw off his back foot, lofted the ball toward Issac Bruce as Law undercut the route. Law raced down the sidelines in front of his cheering teammates for a 47-yard pick-6. The interception gave the Patriots a 7-3 lead and more importantly, provided the defense with some early confidence.
Nine interceptions in his first Pro Bowl season in 1998. Law's fourth NFL season was one of his best as he tied the Patriots’ franchise record of nine interceptions in one season. That also led the NFL that season and sent him to his first of five Pro Bowls, where he would be named a Co-MVP alongside Jets wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson.
2003 defense and physicality that contributed to NFL rule changes. Law’s physical style of play anchored the 2003 record-breaking Patriots defense, as the unit led the NFL in four categories, including interceptions, opponents’ passer rating and fewest passing touchdowns surrendered. Law’s aggressive use of his hands and contact set the tone and also contributed to the NFL changing some of its rules to favor the offense.