Great article, sums up the season perfectly. It has been a tremendous effort all around. Props of course to Brady and BB, but also to all the backups and rookies who have been thrown into the fire, and mostly have come out and contributed.
There are some players who deserve some extra laurels IMO.
Edelman for staying healthy, and stepping up his game. I really don't want to go into the Welker vs. Edelman debate, but rather just look at his contributions on their own. And he has been a focalpoint for the offense all season, reliable, productive. And great as a PR.
Logan Ryan. Has not played all that many snaps, but he has been a playmaker when on the field. Has stepped up when either Talib or Dennard was out.
Ryan Allen. Zoltan who?
Chris Jones/Vellano/Siliga. Having to step in for Wilfork and Kelly is not a small feat, and while not the strength of the team, they have steadied the ship in recent weeks.
I have a great feeling about the playoffs. And I love the fact that they at #2 are being treated as underdogs.
I think this team has what it takes. With the bye week they have a chance to get some of all the minor injuries healed up. With DMC, Talib and Dennard, Vereen, Dobson, Boyce all back at near 100% they are gonna be a tall order for any team. I badly hope for a division game vs the Bengals and then a AFCCG vs. the Broncos. Ultimately a SB vs either Seahawks or Panthers would be awesome.
If you wanna be the best you gotta beat the best.