And while everyone of course remembers how it ended with him, I think a lot of folks forget what a force of nature he was in that 2007 season.It's a safe bet that the receiver corps was going to be upgraded. IIRC, the traded for Welker early in free agency then signed Donte' Stallworth a few days later. Moss being available was a possibility but hardly a sure thing; Raiders didn't want to trade him initially, and the trade didn't happen until April. So the AFCCG loss may not have had much impact on the receivers that Belichick did acquire.
However, there is one player acquisition that may be doesn't happen if the Pats win that game. Belichick, by losing the AFCCG, was named coach of the AFC Pro Bowl team, where he got to coach Adalius Thomas, the most highly sought after defensive free agent. Thomas signed with the Pats the instant free agency opened.