Re: So proud of this team tonight.
posted at 12/17/2012 10:35 AM EST
In response to TexasPat's comment:
In response to WazzuWheatfarmer's comment:
Crazy as it might sound, I like our chances to win the Super Bowl better now than I did before this game. Yes, yes, I realize we just got beat at home, but this team showed some incredible heart tonight. Down 31-3 mid-way through the 3rd quarter and they come back to tie it by mid 4th quarter?! That was crazy! The defense just ran out of gas, but I was so impressed with the way they responded after a first half that went as poorly as it possibly could have. We will likely be playing on wild-card weekend now, but I really like our chances. This team is mentally tough, and will use this bitter loss as more motivation moving forward. Go Pats!!!
SPARE ME!!! The above represents the latest propaganda from the Ostrich Society, to try to put a happy face on this awful loss. To say that last nights' performance was highly disappointing is a gross understatement. The Pats got pushed around for 2.5 quarters. It was a reminder to all us Pats fans, and, especially for the homers who reside in the Ostrich Society, that the Pats have some holes, and have had problems in the past beating tough, physical teams. Last night was an introduction to the tough, physical football, which the Pats must deal with in the play-offs. One team wins by exerting it's will over another. The 49ers' "D" exerted their will over the Pats by forcing four turnovers. Two of which in particular set up easy TDs. In this was an indoctrination to tough, physical playoff football, younger players like Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen wilted.
This and other silly, pie in the sky threads about "how happy" and "how proud" Patriots' fans should be of their team after this performance is absurd. Sure, the Pats were able to erase a 31-3 lead. But, big deal! The Pats' allowed a visiting team to come into Foxborough in an important, nationally televised game, and physically dominate them. Dominate them to the point that, after 2.5 quarters, New England was losing, 31-3. Though the comeback was nice, it was made after the 49ers relaxed a bit, and went into a bit of a prevent mode. It was not based on the Patriots exerting their will, and taking command of the game.
This was a gut check for our Patriots. Unfortunately, as they have in the past against similar teams, such as the 2010 Jets, the 2009 and 2011 Ravens, and the 2007 and 2011 Giants, the Pats wilted under the pounding. They could not exert their will, which is demonstrated by doing whatever is necessary to beat these types of teams. Last night, they wilted again, by failing to execute crisply, and in committing four (4) costly turnovers.
Folks, if someone had told any of you that the Patriots were going to turn the ball over four times prior to the start of last nights' game, would any of you have given a plug nickel for their chances?
Sorry you homers, but the Patriots were again exposed for the finesse team that they are...and embarrassed themselves last night.
Youre a great Pats fan!