Re: A (somewhat) final read on that loss to the Ravens....
posted at 2/1/2013 4:54 PM EST
Take away the Super Bowl years because only Wilfork and Brady are the only guys with rings here.
The Patriots are 8-7. In three of those wins, Brady has thrown more INTs than TDs.
Since '07, when the Pats became an offensive juggernaught, the offense has scored 30+ points just twice in ten games. in 4 of the 5 seasons that the Pats have made the playoffs during that stretch, they scored over 500 points.
People can blame that defense for '07 if they want...but giving up 17 points in the Super Bowl is not bad. You have to go all the way back to 1975 to find a time where giving up 17 in the big game actually lost it for you. Did they choke on the last drive? A little, yes. But that offense choked for the first 58 minutes.
As for the other years where they Pats have scored 500 during the regular season ('10,'11,'12), the offense has completely choked during the playoffs. They played well in two of six games. Gronk's loss is a factor, but it's disappointing that they completely wilt without him. In short, offense shrinks in big games.
I'm not going to label the defense as chokers because you need to be considered good to be able to choke. In fact, for the most part, I felt they rose to the occassion in '11.
Sorry, this won't be popular, but Brady hasn't been a big game QB for a while now. Guys like Babe will make excuses like how everyone around Brady lets him down. But sorry, I'm not going to cut Brady that much slack just because he's the best player in franchise history.
I just saw a guy a couple of weeks ago put up 28 points after his number 1 rb fumbled the ball and did virtually nothing on the ground, his coach mismanage the game, AND his top ranked defense giving up 30 points.
Small sample size from Russell Wilson, but what he did after being down 20 points in the half was spectacular. That's what big game QBs do. He lost, but he actually played well.
If the trademark of the team is going to be the offense, then it needs to not choke. They know what defense theyre playing with and what it's limitations are.
Playoffs: Offense plays way worse than it does during the regular season
Defense plays as good/bad as it does during the regular season