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Worst loss ever?

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  2. No

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  1. BradyManny

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    Aside from sporting defeats in your own personal athletics, was this the most painful loss for you?

    Simply as a spectator, yes, this for me was the most painful thing I've ever watched. I was too young to remember Buckner, so it's only competition is the 03 ALCS. And as horrendous as that was, with the Red Sox, losing is the norm, and no matter what, part of you always expects the Sox to find a way to lose.

    With the Brady-Belichick Pats, it's quite the opposite. In the case of the Sox, they redeemed their 03 loss the ensuing year - the goal for any Sox fan was to break the curse, win one, and die happy. As a Pats fan in this era, it's about making history. Nothing the Pats can ever do can give them this one ring that slipped out of their fingers.

    This one will sting for a while.
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    The game in Oakland when it was taken away from us by that bogus roughing call on Sugar bear. That would have been our first SB Championship.

    This one was very understandable.






    it was all mcdaniels fault.
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    Frpm the euphoria of Asante intercepting the ball to the pick at the end it was a stressful spectrum of emotions, especially to see the team run out of gas and players get fatigued.

    It was like the Carolina game but for almost the entire 2nd half trying to hold on, and almost did, but that clock didn't move fast enough at the end.
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    This game was a lot like the Colts goal line stand game except the end....

    I just can't think about the specifics of this game.

    If I think "we lost to the Colts in the AFC Championship game after a great season in which we exceeded expectations while managing to build for the future", then yes, I take solace in that long-winded fact. I can rationalize it.

    But if I think of anything that took place from the moment Troy Brown was called for offensive PI, it makes me want to vomit all over everything.
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    As a lifelong Pats fan... I rated the worst playoff loss like this

    1 At Denver last yr

    2 At Denver 1986

    3 At Pitt 1997

    After this Sunday , those losses will never touch the one on sunday.. Its the worse loss in Pats history.. I know the super bowls were bad, but lets face it Chicago was the better team, and the game against Green Bay hurt, but I thought we would be back very soon.. Its not the loss, its how we lost.. just very unPatriot like..
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    Game 6 was a kick in the nads. Be thankful you're too young to remember.

    If the Pats had a history of losing and then put up that kind of show, I'd compare it to Game 6, but the recent Lombardis definitely mute the pain. Also, despite giving up the largest lead in AFCCG history, the Pats gave up a 21 point lead in the same place 3 years ago and barely held on for victory. The difference between that game and Sunday's game is making/not making one lousy play so in essence we've almost seen the exact same game twice in three years.

    The 2003 ALCS loss was muted by the fact that Grady gave that game away and there already was a history of losing in spectacular fashion thanks to the boys of 1986.

    I'd list them as: Game 6 >>>> 2003 ALCS > AFCCG loss

    Honorable mention to:

    - Celts lose game 6 (and title) at home in 1985 to LA
    - Celts lose game 7 at home to Sixers in 1982 ECF
    - Pats lose SB20 in embarassing fashion

    I wasn't a hockey fan, but I can imagine "too many men on the ice" in 1979 must have been painful to live through.

    Edit to add: I was too young for Ben Dreith. Thank God.

    Regards,
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    Ya right at the end if the pats run blitz had worked the colts would have had to kick a field goal and it woould have been a different story.
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    I voted yes because it feels like the worst. That might be because it's so fresh in my memory but I think it's the worst.
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    this isnt even in my top 10. They've won me 3 Super Bowls. the losses that occurred when I wondered if we'd ever win one hurt much, much more.

    id rank them

    Game 6 1986
    Bruins, too many men on the ice, 1979
    Roughing the passer, 1976
    Pedro game 2003 ( although the Patriots OT win at Miami just days later saved us a long winter of pain, in fact the Patriots never lost again and won a Super Bowl. HOW can we not love a team like THAT)
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    Not even close for me. This team made it further than it should have, further than it did last year. I looked upon this year as a "rebuilder" and loved the ride.

    1. '86. Nuff Said.

    2. AAron Boone



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    The rest are down here, probably b/c I don't remember the Ben Dreith game and because the Pats beat the dolphins in the Orange Bowl and the raiders in LA on the way to the SB so I didn't take the loss too hard...
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    For me, this one wasn't as bad as losing to Denver last year. Last year I thought the Pats deserved to win. This year the Pats gave it everything they had and came up short. I can live with that a lot easier.
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    The Denver game broke my heart. This one did too but I'm not as upset as I thought I'd be-no idea why.
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    To me, that was more like high comedy. :rofl:
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    for me its the 1986 ws then the 1985 series loss to the lakers the 1978 and 79 series losses to the montreal canadians in the semi finals both years the 1976 loss to the raiders in the playoffs that team was superbowl bound for sure .there are others but those stand out for me.
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    other Patriot losses that got me more upset, again, because at the time they had never won a Super Bowl and these losses made it feel like they never would:

    1976: Playoff at Oakland
    1978: Playoff vs Houston
    1979: A loss at the Jets that meant no playoffs
    1980: the MNF game at Miami when John Smiths FG was blocked and John Lennon was killed. An AWFUL night.
    1984: A game at Denver, i think the Patriots were 7-3 and driving for the winning field goal when Mosi Tatupu fumbled, and the Broncos ran it back for a TD that won the game.
    1985: MNF game at Mami that would have clinched the division. A 30-27 loss.
    1988: A chance to make the playoffs with a win at Denver and Berry started Eason instead of Flutie
    1996: The SB loss. The feeling of betrayal finding out Parcells head was in NY the whole time
    1997: Bledsoe blowing the game vs the Steelers at Foxboro that cost them a bye
    1997: the 7-6 playoff loss at Pittsburgh. Maybe the worst loss ever


    these all hurt worse because now there are 3 Championships behind us and hope for more.
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    I'm depressed by the game, not the season.

    A good formula for the crappiness of any game:

    how they lost x stakes of the game = crapiness.
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    In 1988 the Bruins had the best record in Hockey yet got swept out of the finals. In game 4 the Garden's lights went out and forced a cancellation of the game. So not only did we lose, we came off like a bunch of dorks that couldn't even keep the lights on. This one is maybe in my top five. Sunday wasn't even close. I felt like our team went down in a blaze of glory and will rise again very soon. Heck I remember when a certain un-named, undersized, rookie DE stripped Bledsoe in the post season to secure a one point win for his team. That one hurt a lot more. I still remember Bledsoe babbling on after the game: 'gosh golly gee! I was sure we were gonna march right down the field there!!' while all of New England looked at him like he had three heads.
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    Yes, it was. I am to young to of suffored larger losses.
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    Sports really are first for children, and then the children in all of us. As an adult, Sports viewing is a hobby, and victory and defeat can't compare with the true ups and downs of real life. Nothing will ever touch the Celtics loss to the Lakers on the baby hook and the Buckner play. Those were the killers of my youth. I imagine young kids today will be scarred emotionally by this Patriot loss, but in the long run it will endear the team to the next generation even more.
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    My youth was watching a great Bears team destroy the Pats, then the following yr watch Rulon Jones sack Tony Eason.. Then the next yr the strike...
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    This one is #2 for me, with #1 having been 2003 ALCS Game 7. Most painful basketball loss was BC losing to Florida in the regional finals in 1994 (college) and Celtics getting eliminated by the Nets in 2002.
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    You nailed it. Just in a different order for me.

    1. Game 7 79 Semis at Montreal. Honestly, I'd have sold my soul to the devil to win that one. And, I think I tried but it didn't work. I loved that Bruins team and haven't felt that way towards them since that night.

    2. Game 6 86 World Series. I can't even talk about it!!

    3. Game 7 ALCS at Yankee "Dog" Stadium. I might have put Grady you're a f'n moron on my tombstone. But, thankfully we know what happened in 04.

    4. This game was nr. 4. Four f'n yards from the Super Bowl.

    5. I thought that 76 Patriots team had championships in their future. Even though they lost that game. I still say to this day. If you think the tuck call was a bad call. We're even. Shut up!!!
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    Not sure if this even makes my top ten, we were competitive up to the last drive and really believed they would win, for me the trampling by the Bears in the SB was the worse along with the '96 Parcellian exit loss in that SB. There are too many great memories in this run, I know we will be back and will look different in the future.. we will also look better.
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    I can't really put the buckner game in perspective becuase I was only 10 at the time.....but still remember it vividly. For me this is def the worst loss for the pats. However the worst loss overall for me is the 03 ALCS. Being on a rolleroaster every night (same in 04 but we won:D ) to get to game 7, then extra innings, then aaron *%$#@ 'n boone. I just sat there forever after that game with a blank look!
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    For football, I'd have to say Oakland in 78 was worse. I believe Oakland had been 13-1 and the one loss was when they were destroyed by the Pats.

    I can't say the SB losses, because we were big underdogs in both cases.

    The loss to the Steelers 7-6 was really bad -- the 7 came from a 40 yard run by Kordell, when Collins pulled up because he did not want to be flagged for hitting out of bounds. Pats were missing Martin, Glenn, and the TE and could not move the ball. I thought Pete Carroll had that defense in better shape than the SB team the year before.

    What about the loss to the Jets at home in 2002 that knocked us out of the playoffs?

    I'd say Oakland, Colts, Steelers.
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    I think you're missing my point - b/c we were in it until the end, b/c we led the whole game, b/c we should have won, b/c we would've basically been stealing a Super Bowl berth on a team fighting injuries, flu & other crap, that's what made this game more painful.

    If we had gotten trampled on, the game would've been a lot easier to swallow. It was the circumstances of the loss that made it so brutal to watch.
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    Painful? Not at all. The Pats didn't play a full 60, so in that respect it is disappointing, but the end result shouldn't surprise us. Like in the SD game, if you give a good team too many opportunities to win they will eventually capitalize. We can't expect the other team to just make mistakes in crunchtime.
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    I dont' remember that, but i do remember that amazing win against the fins (great catch by Fauria) to keep us alive. Then watching green bay lay down to the jets at 4 to give them the division was tough!
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    Without a doubt this game.
    Since 1960 no game bothered me more than this one.
    Not even the Oakland game .We had to win another one to get to
    super bowl.Only 4 yards away and we had it.I`ts hard getting there.
    Never settle for less or you will never get there.
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