I had been looking for some kind of positive news after last week’s loss. I had a feeling that the pats had too much success post the Browns game; I was hoping that someone would kick the Pats butt before the Playoffs began to be frank. I mean they had a lot of luck & Brady was more or less perfect. Sometimes you need a real beat down to keep your perspective & get it out of your system. Nothing in life ever goes your way 100% of the time. Unlike like every other sport in the playoffs (MLB, NHL, NBA, etc) where you can afford a bad game, Football is one game & you’re out! Last Sunday after that early interception I knew this was not our day. Nothing looked good; poor D, sloppy O, & ineffective special teams. I can imagine that I was not the only person thinking that the Pats simply beat themselves & made the Jets looks good. I thought a look into the history books might shed some light on the situation to prove that it has happened before, it can have a positive effect, & it might galvanize this team for years to come....
'During the strike-shortened 1987 season the 49ers led the league with a 13–2 record but fell in their first playoff game to the Minnesota Vikings, 36–24—the third year in a row they lost in the first round. The loss to the Vikings was a stunning upset considering the 49ers that year were ranked #1 on both offense and defense, making them the odds-on favorite to win the Super Bowl'. Source (Wikipedia).
I remember watching the NFL documentaries & thought it was interesting that Bill Walsh was almost fired for this loss. This team was absolutely loaded with talent, but they came up short. In the following 2 seasons they steam rolled the NFL. If it were not for the Cowboys or lucky Giants they would have won 5 superbowls in a row. They went on to win 3 more superbowls until falling apart in the late 90’s due to salary cap concerns.
My with this analogy is the fact we lost a game we all know we should have won. Our let downs in the Playoffs back to Jan 2008 are well documented. Knowing that we have beaten 3/4 teams this weekend by blowouts is a tough pill to swallow as well. However, this year’s teams was in a rebuilding mode. Who the hell in the NFL goes 14-2 in a rebuilding year? With ample Draft Picks, BB/ Brady still in their Prime, & a fiscally sound franchise, the pats will be a competitive team for years to come. The Jets are built for Today, but mark my words they will be an 8-8 team at best next year.
People we need to pay the price to get back to the SB again...for all of you younger fans who cannot remember the Pats before 1993 well you are quite frankly spoiled.