Tough breaks for the Pats, though they were clearly outplayed by the Baltimore defense. That third interception, the one that went of Watson's hands, killed whatever chance the Pats had of coming back. If they go down and score on that drive, making it 24-14 with eight or nine minutes left in the third quarter, I think they have a decent shot at coming back. But not after that.
Originally posted by It's FalseThat should a season that saw Brady emphatically fall from the ranks of the elite QB's.
Not at all. Certainly not "emphatically." He threw for 4,400 yards, 28 touchdown and posted a rating of 96 while playing through broken ribs and fingers and returning after a year away from the game. Not even close to what you said, really.
Unless you think Peyton Manning ceased to be an elite quarterback the first time the Patriots shut him down in the playoffs?
Part of me is glad this season is over now and that the Pats got kicked in the teeth at the same time. Maybe they will actually focus on stocking up on talent now instead of trading everything for next year.
Belichick actually looked more fed up at his post game news conference.
I read something interesting at ProFootballTalk. The Pats last 6 seasons have ended in the 6 different ways possible: Missed playoffs (2008); lost in wild card round (2009); lost in divisional round (2005); lost in conference championship (2006); lost in Super Bowl (2007); won Super Bowl (2004).
Suck it, Patriots. They kept turning the ball over and getting untimely penalties. They looked like the Ravens of this year. I fully expect Baltimore to upset Indy and get to the Super Bowl, possibly winning it. They remind me of the 07 Giants (only with a team I'm actually a fan of! Woo!)
Originally posted by BigDaddyLocoPart of me is glad this season is over now and that the Pats got kicked in the teeth at the same time. Maybe they will actually focus on stocking up on talent now instead of trading everything for next year.
Agreed. I think this offseason will resemble the one following the '06 playoff loss, when the Pats made up for their lack of receivers with Moss and Welker. New England needs a) an impact running back, b) secondary help, c) another receiver given that Moss is probably gone, d) offensive line help, since you can hever have enough of that and e) a pass rusher. The draft can fill a couple of those holes and I'd expect NE to spend some cash in the free agent market.
Kirk, crackers are a family food. Happy families. Maybe single people eat crackers, we don't know. Frankly, we don't want to know. It's a market we can do without.
And I agree, because with Reed at the nickel you can still have Demps and Chad Williams on the field. But at this point, we don't havea heck of a lot of options, especially if we have to go to the dime.