Patriots Thursday Observations, “It’s Not Over Yet” Review

While I'm sure the frequency will dissipate with time, every few hours or so I begin chuckling to myself. I can't help it. New England won their fifth Super Bowl in the game's first-ever overtime, 34-28, after trailing 28-3 with 8:31 left in the third quarter. Even after the confetti, the parade, and the trophies … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, “It’s Not Over Yet” Review

Patriots Thursday Observations, “That Guy” (Senior Bowl)

Sorry you won't read many observations about the Super Bowl here. I'm loathe to watch the Sunday pre-game stuff for a couple of hours, much less two weeks. I'm thinking it should be close, like all New England Super Bowls this millennium, and high-scoring. So… go ahead and place your bets, I guess? Spent the … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, “That Guy” (Senior Bowl)

Patriots Thursday Observations, AFC Championship Review

If you could summarize New England quarterback Tom Brady's career in one sentence, this might be it: he has reached the Super Bowl in seven of his 15 seasons as a starter. (Thanks to Rich Hill of PatsPulpit.com for that reminder.) New England handled Pittsburgh from start to finish, bolting out to a 10-0 lead … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, AFC Championship Review

Patriots Thursday Observations, Texans Review

Though they did it with more difficulty than most foresaw, the Patriots defeated the Texans, 34-16, in a hard-fought divisional playoff match. New England advances to the AFC Championship for a record sixth year in a row, taking on Pittsburgh Sunday evening at 6:40. As someone who predicts these games with all the assurance of … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Texans Review

Patriots Thursday Observations, Playoff Bye Week

The lack of excitement surrounding New England's playoff premiere seems a little … weird? Looking at both teams, the Patriots should win their tilt with Houston Saturday night. Plenty of statistical evidence backs them up, from their win over the Texans in Week Three, to the addition of Tom Brady since then, to the Space … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Playoff Bye Week

Patriots Thursday Observations, Seahawks Review

After their thrilling-yet-ultimately-disappointing 31-24 loss to Seattle, it's apparent that over the past 15 years the Patriots tend to lose in three different ways. 1.) The Blowout – just one of those games where the opponent plays well and New England seems to do everything wrong and have everything go against them. At some point … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Seahawks Review