Father figures to be on his mind

SAN FRANCISCO – We don’t really know Matt Cassel. We never knew his dad. But we know there are universal truths when your dad dies when you are only 26 years old.

Cassel is going to try to play a football game today. It’s his job and his passion. This is a virtual playoff game for the Patriots and they need their starting quarterback if they are going to beat the Oakland Raiders and stay alive in the hunt for the postseason tournament.