01-22-2012, 11:17 AM
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Fairfield County, CT
Re: Do we take for granted how precious these AFC Championships are?
The last decade has proven a number of things to me:
(1) That it is not at all easy to win the Super Bowl. Even when everything seems to be going for you, all it takes is one piece of bad luck.
(2) That the best team on paper doesn't always win. After all, remember BB's remark after SB36? "Can you believe we won the Super Bowl with this ****ing team?"
(3) All of that said, that BB and Brady are among the best ever to grace the game, and that we all should be lucky we have them.
I don't see it as SB-or-bust. I see it thusly: if it were completely random, the Pats would reach the playoffs 3 years out of 8. Instead, they haven't been out of playoff contention since the last week of the 2000 season.
Every playoff game the Pats give us fans is an extra gift for which I am grateful.
"Momentum was quickly snatched away by New England, who once again proved that any Patriot, at any moment, can make a play." —Inside the NFL, Packers v. Patriots
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