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  1. aluminum seats

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    I thought I had dealt with the Pats not being in the playoffs pretty well, until I started watching the games this weekend.

    Tennessee? The Ravens? Carolina? Arizona? Oh my god, the Pats would beat any and all of these teams. I'm waiting for an impressive performance from SOMEBODY. Seriously, this is awful....it's making the end of the Pats season--when I was just really proud of how they performed, and OK with them not being in it--much worse.
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    I think its gonna be Pitt vs Philly in the SB. Two best teams imo. Pitt would take that game if it actually comes down to it.
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    Re: Watching the Playoffs is Making the Pats Absence More Painful


    Unless McNabb decides he needs to hurl again.
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    after the mcnabb benching it will be nice twist of fate if its balt/phil
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    Good news is we get MUCH NEEDED rest after many deep runs the past few years, plus you know Belichick is going to use the extra time to self-analyze the team and revamp it for another Superbowl run.
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    Re: Watching the Playoffs is Making the Pats Absence More Painful

    I didn't feel too bad (at least accepted things since there was no other choice) until one of the morning pre-game commentators mentioned how the Pats should have been in the playoffs with an 11-5 record.
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    Re: Watching the Playoffs is Making the Pats Absence More Painful

    Dolphins beat Jets in week 1 (they lost 20-14 but were driving late)
    Ravens beat Titans in week 5 (they lost 13-10 but were winning 10-6 late)
    Pats beat Jets in week 11 (no recap necessary)

    Just imagine if these results had actually happened. The Pats would have finished in a tie for the best record in the NFL and still would have missed the playoffs.
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    Wow, I have to give you props for taking the time to figure that out. That really is something....and very painful! So come to think of it, cut it out!;)
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    The silver lining in my book was that missing the playoffs put an end to the slow but steady drip of serious injuries. :) :(
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    It’s just disappointing that this team didn’t even get a chance to keep things going. Yeah, you can say they should have won one of the earlier games to get in, but 11-5 should still get you in. They had hit their stride in the last month and would have been an interesting playoff team in my opinion.
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    If that doesn't tell us something is really wrong, I don't know what will.

    GreyHoodie was on here showing that a team could conceivably win their division with a 3-13 record, and knock out a team with a 13-3 record.

    That's why I don't understand the, "Should have won one more game," argument. Of course they should have won one more game, BUT that doesn't necessarily guarantee you a playoff spot either. 11 wins is as arbitrary a number as 12 wins or 10 wins for that matter. When a team can knock you out with 3 wins, you're not good until you win 14 games.
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    Those numbers are interesting in theory but this year was amazing in that the doomsday scenario (Pats miss playoffs with best record in the NFL) was a Kerry Collins late TD pass (assisted by a bogus roughing call on Suggs), a Chad Pennington late end zone interception and a coin flip from coming true.
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    Original Poster, I completely agree with what you are saying. I was thinking the exact same thing. Watching these games is making it that much more painful that the Pats did not make the playoffs at 11-5. In fact, the Chargers are one WIN away from HOSTING the AFC Championship game after finishing the regular season 8-8....it's making me want to throw up.

    Anyways, I will try, I repeat "try", to turn the tables and put a positive spin on things....which do you think is better........

    1.) Not making the playoffs after a strong finish and 11-5 record, missing due to some flukey occurrence

    or

    2.) dominating the regular season and then experience a sudden unexpected end to the season after having Super Bowl aspirations (ie, see Tennessee, Carolina, Indy, Miami). Remember the shock we felt after the Dolphins thumped us in week 3? I'm sure the four teams noted previously are still feeling worse than that right now.


    Maybe if I think it enough I will actually believe what I am writing.
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    That's pretty crazy that you were able to come up with that scenario, which was very close to playing out.

    The thought that I left the regular season with was....It's a good thing we got destroyed by the Steelers as opposed to losing in the fashion that we did against the Colts. I say that because if we had won the game against the Steelers then the Pats would have been the two seed and earned a first round bye. Imagine if the Pats were only a Gaffney drop and Thomas personal foul penalty away from being the two seed as opposed to missing the playoffs entirely? Like I said, it's a good thing they got killed to make it a little easier to take. Of course, I still do think of the 'what if's' if Moss doesn't drop all those balls that night.
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    the way I like to look at it is Cassel had a great ending to the season. His stock couldn't be hire. If we made the playoffs, and Cassel got trashed again by Pittsburgh or some other team we would not be able to get the same value as we do now.
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    Please, God, NO!

    I will have to leave home for 2 weeks I couldn't take it.
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    wow. /\/\/\/\/\
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    I share the OP's sentiment; watching the Ravens slug it out with the Titans and the Cards stunning the Panthers, I really wish the Ravens had met us in their first game. With all our cyclinders clicking, we would have certainly dealt with them and others. :(

    Glad that the arrogant Titans got sniffed out. :)
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    I was good with the playoffs so far but seeing Arizona win tonight really feels like a kick to the groin for Pats fans. We throughly thrashed this team that wanted no part of us a few weeks ago (based on there play that day) and now there one win away from SB 43? As long as the Eagles can knock off the Giants tomorrow...
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    I agree, the fact that the Cards will be playing more games this year than the Pats is killing me. The Pats could have destroyed any of the teams we have seen so far. Hopefully the games tomorrow prove to be better.
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    To be frank, the Cards have proven that "running the tables at the end" doesn't matter.

    I mean look at all the other playoff teams sans Ravens...they all got hot at the end, only to end their postseason runs like a thud.
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    I understand what you are saying, and it's frustrating for sure. But the Chargers did put a major whooping on the Pats this year in their head-to-head game, so the Pats had a chance to take care of their own business. The team that kills me (that, strangely, I'm actually rooting for now) is Arizona. They go 9-7 in the league's worst division in years, and the Pats beat them by *FORTY* points (and it could have been 60 if they were really looking to rub it in). That's the one that makes this hard to swallow. And if Philly knocks off the Giants today, Arizona hosts the NFC championship game.

    Amazing.
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    I would like call our season a 'successful failure'.

    Considering what we had to deal with this year, it was an amazing run. Also the 11-5 season squashed any talk of TB being a system QB and BB solely depending on TB for his success. If we had lost more games, then people/analysts would have claimed that BB was not that great of a coach. If we had gone to play-offs and won a couple or more games, the very same people would have claimed that TB is really not that great. His success was solely due to the BB system.

    The 11-5 result doesn't support either argument. Coaches coach, players play.

    I would like to see Ravens vs Eagles (or Cardinals) in the SB. No steelers and definitely no Giants.
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    I don't put that much emphasis on one game, especially early in the year. Our loss to the Chargers was as significant as the Titans loss to the Jets. It's just one game.
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    But why would we care what other people think? I'd rather watch the Pats play.
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    I know it's frustrating and I think we can take any team, but there's no guarantee we would have beaten 4 great teams in a row. I dunno, maybe I've just already let out all my frustration, but I've been enjoying the games. No stress, just watching teams battle it out for the prize. It wasn't our year face it, I'm sure even if we made it during one of these games something randomly rare and catastrophical (Sudden rash of injuries, Dave Thomas personal foul, Slater muffing a KO, Watson fumble on ankle tackle, Shotgun snap goes 20 yards back) would have happened and we'd have come up just short. 11-5 and missing the playoffs sounds about right for this season.
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    In understand where you're coming from BUT I had the same feeling in 2001 and 2006. So... I'd rather roll the dice.
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    Yeah... A REAL kick in the groin! I can't believe the cardinals are still playing. I thought carolina would give the Giants a good game but now it seems, unless philly continues it's hot streak, that the Giants will be back in the superbowl.

    I still can't believe Carolina rolled over like that but those bad turnovers killed them
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    the playoff without the pats, its like winter without snow.. Its not the same.. these teams suck, can you imangine , a Chargers Cardnials super bowl??? that would be the nfl's just desserts for all the hate in the last year they have put on the pats..
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    Me too. The arrogance of the locals when they finally won the World Series for their first championship of ANY type in 25 years was bad enough...
    Add a Lombardi and I'll have to pull a McNabb and hurl........
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