I just went back and read my column for the last time the Giants and Pats were ready to face off in the Super Bowl. You can read it yourself Click Here. It’s amazing how not only confident but downright cocky I was as at the time.
The good thing that came out of this was that it humbled a fan base. We wouldn’t take opponents lightly anymore and it really started to put a chink in the armor of Belichick. At that point we all were still drinking the Kool Aid but that was the first big gaffe that we’d seen.
So what have we learned in the last four years? Well, we’ve learned that Belichick isn’t infallible. We seen free agent signings that kind of blew up in his face, draft picks that didn’t pan out, and some coaching decisions that left us scratching our head (fourth and two).
But even through these mistakes, the team has been consistent. We haven’t had the misfortunes of suffering as a fan base through a 4-12 season. They’ve made the playoffs almost every year since that year and the one season they didn’t, the Pats still had an 11-5 record.
Nope, where the team faltered was in the playoffs. We saw the Ravens go up 21 in the first quarter and were just shocked. Then we saw Rex and the Jets come in last year when the Pats were the #1 seed and knock them off. Again, shocked.
But with the passing of Myra Kraft this season you sensed that there had to be some sort of divine intervention. I mean, a superior Steelers team gets knocked out by the Broncos. Then Cundif’s kick sails wide left. Then you somehow get the team with the worst record coming out of the NFC? Something’s clearly at work.
So for all that we’ve listened to the back and forth this week with the NY writers coming on our radio shows and shaking our confidence, at the end of the day my confidence with the Pats is too strong. Call it homerism but I really think that the Pats can win this game. I think that there is so much anger and bitterness from the last time these two faced in the Super Bowl that Belichick has his team ready to play perfectly.
I know it was almost two different teams in November when they played but think back to the game. The Pats drove down the field and Brady hit Gronk for the go ahead touchdown. Pats were up 20-17 with a minute and a half left on the clock. We looked at each other in the casino and all said the same thing. The Pats left too much time on the clock. The defense isn’t good enough to keep the Giants off the board. We’d hoped for a field goal, and we all know what happened. I made a bunch of money on a ridiculous 14 point spread.
So I think that if you take the stupid mistakes out of that game like Brady missing receivers all over the field that was a very different football game. The Pats could have been up at least 21 at the half instead of tied at zero. I think the same could be said about when the Pats lost to Pittsburgh. You take out the mistakes and the team probably wins that game.
So back to what I was saying, I think Belichick has the team poised for perfection. Each player doing his job, no breakdowns. I’m not saying the Pats are going to go 49ers over the Broncos 55-10 1990 style on the Giants but I think that they’ll manage the clock a lot better than they did in November towards the end of the game and I think it will come down to a field goal. Just so happens it will be a Gostkowski field goal and the Pats win 24-21.
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