Ok, now hear me out. Some of you may already have figured this out. I actually was told by a friend, and was amazed that it could actually happen, but I also think it signals the end of our recent playoff woes. Right about now you are probably saying "Oh just get on with your point already" but this story requires a proper build up and theme music as well, but you'll have to cue that up yourself. I ask for you to take this info for what it is, and realize I'm not offseason trolling, but rather pointing out some amazing Facts.
Here it goes. After the Jets ended the Pats season on 1/16/11 , they completed the 360 circle of Pain we have endured since our last SB winning season in 04'
What do I mean? We have loss in every possible way since 04'
In 2005, we got ousted on the road in a Divisonal game against Denver (this is the beginning of the pain)
In 2006, we got one step closer, and we all thought another SB was inevitable as we watched Asante trot to the endzone after pciking off Manning, making the score 21-3 (sorry for making you relive this) but we know how that turned out.
In 2007, We were the best team in the Regular season and as B.B. said, we met all comers and had a perfect 16-0 regular season. Surely we had make it back to the top of the mountain and celebrate our 4th lombardi, but 2 weeks of telling us how good we were and telling the Giants how bad they were backfired and we loss a chance at perfection in the Big one.
IN 2008, We got shafted and didnt even make the playoffs despite having an 11-5 record with backup M.Cassel, but it wasnt in the cards for us that year either.
In 2009, We lost our first Home playoff game in some time, and this one was over before it started, and our wild card matchup with the Ravens proved to be another stinger that ended a very frustrating season.
in 2010, We Got all happy about an overachieving team that defied the odds, and somehow had the best record in football, and beat all the top teams, only to be taken out by the same team we demolished just weeks earlier, and proved that dominating the regular season does not garauntee success in the playoffs, and this bitter loss by our hated rivals, completed the 360 degree circle of pain with B.B. losing for the 1st time with a Bye week after 2 weeks to prepare.
So, lets Recap! We have now loss in the divisional playoff round, the AFC championship game, the Super Bowl, Missed the playoffs altogether, Loss in the Wild card game, and most recently we loss after having the best record and getting a bye week and were One and Done.
All this gives me Hope that next year will indeed be our year to be back on top again, as we cant lose or end the season any other way. We have to Hoist the Lombardi Next Year! Lets just hope there is a season for the Patriots to Play out.