Healing

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    Healing

    Everyone needs time to put this loss into perspective. In some ways it hurts more than the SB loss to the Giants. Why?

    1) It was unexpected by me and most we would go 14-2 this season. Perhaps this led us to believe we were better than what we were? Certainly, achieving the 14-2 record built up our expectations that the season was a failure if we did not win the Super Bowl!
    2) We beat all the teams left standing in the tourney in the regular season. This added more fuel to our expectations.
    3) People say we need a deep threat to stretch the field and a pass rusher to win but deep down we all know this game was winnable if we did not make mistakes (interception, fake punt decision, dropped passes) which would have changed the orientation of the game in the Pats favor. It is hard to accept losing because of mistakes. We want to believe we are perfect, infallible, invulnerable and can overcome all obstacles. Yet, we know it is only an ideal, impossible to always achieve. It is hard to accept all the team really did do during the season: changing offensive strategy in mid-season, bringing on new players and winning out.   
    4) It is hard to accept we overachieved in the regular season but the reality is we played mistake free for an incredibly long period and played mostly from ahead. This is a rarity in the NFL and in life. The downside was we never had to test ourselves much playing from behind and we did not develop the emotional mettle needed to come back in games the way we have in previous seasons.
    5) All these reasons left us emotionally vulnerable. We developed a "championship entitlement" mentality. We felt we "deserved the championship" because we were 14-2, had beat everybody etc. The reality is different. We played bad and the Jets played better. They deserved to win. They did what they needed to do: play better only for that day. Afterall, it is really that philosophy that got us as far as we got. It is not that we are more talented or morally superior. It has nothing to do with moral superiority.

    All in all, it was a tremendous season filled with great moments just like 2008 when the Pats lost Brady and still went 11-5 with Cassel at the helm. We have a lot to be grateful for.
     
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    In some ways it is our success, our over achieving that has built up our expectations to such a degree we believed we should win all the time. We all know this is impossible. The loss has taught us a great lesson, although a painful one. Living with failure can still be satisfying if we can recount all we have achieved along with have a sense of humility and humor about our foolish expectations.
     
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    Re: Putting the Loss in Perspective

    In Response to Putting the Loss in Perspective:
    Everyone needs time to put this loss into perspective. In some ways it hurts more than the SB loss to the Giants. Why? 1) It was unexpected by me and most we would go 14-2 this season. Perhaps this led us to believe we were better than what we were? Certainly, achieving the 14-2 record built up our expectations that the season was a failure if we did not win the Super Bowl! 2) We beat all the teams left standing in the tourney in the regular season. This added more fuel to our expectations. 3) People say we need a deep threat to stretch the field and a pass rusher to win but deep down we all know this game was winnable if we did not make mistakes (interception, fake punt decision, dropped passes) which would have changed the orientation of the game in the Pats favor. It is hard to accept losing because of mistakes. We want to believe we are perfect, infallible, invulnerable and can overcome all obstacles . Yet, we know it is only an ideal, impossible to always achieve. It is hard to accept all the team really did do during the season: changing offensive strategy in mid-season, bringing on new players and winning out.    4) It is hard to accept we overachieved in the regular season but the reality is we played mistake free for an incredibly long period and played mostly from ahead. This is a rarity in the NFL and in life. The downside was we never had to test ourselves much playing from behind and we did not develop the emotional mettle needed to come back in games the way we have in previous seasons. 5) All these reasons left us emotionally vulnerable. We developed a "championship entitlement" mentality. We felt we "deserved the championship" because we were 14-2, had beat everybody etc. The reality is different. We played bad and the Jets played better. They deserved to win. They did what they needed to do: play better only for that day. Afterall, it is really that philosophy that got us as far as we got. It is not that we are more talented or morally superior. It has nothing to do with moral superiority. All in all, it was a tremendous season filled with great moments just like 2008 when the Pats lost Brady and still went 11-5 with Cassel at the helm. We have a lot to be grateful for.
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    Good post, NYC.  While the Pats had the talent to win this game this year, I'd still like to see them up grade the D-line in the offseason.
     
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