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    As the decade of domination for this team comes to an end and hopefully more in the next decade lets hear your ONE favorite play of the decade of the new Millenium for the Patriots in 3 catagories - 1 on Offense - 1 on Defense - 1 on Special Teams

    While there were hundreds of great moments for the past 10 seasons I think there is a special one in everyone's mind that they cherish and remember so fondly.

    You may post 1 runner-up in each catagory if its too close to call

    Here's mine.....

    Offense - "2007" The Flea Flicker from Brady to Moss and Back to Brady for the bomb to Gaffney in the end zone that wowed the fans at Gillette and shut Anthony Smith up.

    Runner-Up - "2007" Randy Moss catches a long bomb from Brady for a TD that practically falls in his lap while 2 Miami Dolphin Defenders were blanketing him well.

    Defense- "2003" Willie McGinest stop of Edgerrin James of the Colts on the goaline at the end of the game in a critical game the Patriots won that eventually was the difference in HFA when they met months later.

    Runner-Up - "2006" Troy Brown turning into a defensive back and stripping McCree from the ball after McCree apparently had the game won for the Chargers after he picked off Brady.

    Special Teams - "2002" Adam Vinatieri's 48 Yard Field Goal to win Super Bowl 36

    Runner-Up - "2006" Doug Flutie's Drop Kick field goal in early 2006 which was successful and first attempted since 1941
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense,Defense,Special Teams

    Offense-
    Brady to Moss for 50th TD
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    Runner up-Brady elegantly? falling into the endzone against the Raiders in the snow game.

    Defense-
    Ty Law interception of Warner
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    Runner up-Willie stops Edge

    Special teams-
    Vinatieri GW against Rams
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    Runner up-Antwan Harris getting the lateral from Troy Brown on the blocked field goal against Pittsburgh
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense,Defense,Special Teams

    I chose just one play, and that was Troy Brown's strip.
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    Offense
    Brady's perfect 60-yard TD on a brilliant post route by Deion Branch late in the first quarter of the 2004-05 AFC Championship Game against Pittsburgh to go up 10-0.

    Defense
    Tedy Bruschi literally taking the ball away from Dominic Rhodes in the 04-05 AFC Divisional game against Indy. Set the tone for the rest of the game.

    Runner-Up: Bryan Cox leveling Jerome Pathon against Indy early in 01 during Brady's first start. Set the tone for the rest of the season.

    Special Teams:

    -Anyone of Adam V's big kicks OR

    -The block of Kris Brown's kick in the 01-02 AFCCG, Troy Brown picking it up, and flipping it to Antwan Harris who then took it all the way for a TD.
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense,Defense,Special Teams

    I love that this play is in two out of three responses, because it is something that would be lost to casual fans, but absolutely one of the greatest plays of the decade! It falls into the Offense & Defense Catagory

    I can make all three plays with Troy Brown:

    Special Teams: Troy Brown Punt Return against the Steelers in the Brady/Bledsoe 2004 playoff run

    Offense: Troy Brown down the left sideline bomb in Miami followed by Bill celebrating with some animation

    Defense: Troy Brown giving his best imitation of shut down corner.

    Favorite Picture Memories: Tedy Sliding into the end zone in snow & Adam's Field Goal going through the uprights in 2004 SB

    ahhhh the memories make me smile
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    Going against the obvious choices and with a few that I really remember losing it when they happened.

    Obviously the huge ones (SB winning kicks etc) are THE BEST moments...

    Offense-
    2007 -vs- The Chargers (I believe), it was a pretty normal play, but Welker juked out a defender and it looked like the Charger broke both of his ankles trying to stop short to get to Wes. I'd never seen a player move and change directions that fast since Barry Sanders. Someone had a gif of it, maybe they can post it. I don't know why, but that moment always stands out to me.

    Runner Up: Castle's bomb to Moss out of the end zone during the 2008 home opener. Seemed like everyone thought the Patriots were dead without Brady but Matt at that moment, I remember thinking "this is going to be one hell of a season" after that pass.

    Defense-
    Tedy Bruschi ripping the ball away during the 2004 Playoff game -vs- The Colts. I knew the moment he did that, we were going to win our third Super Bowl.

    Runner Up: Rodney's pick in SB39 to clinch the game.

    Special teams-
    Adam's touchdown throw, not sure if that would count as a true special teams play, but it was awesome and unexpected.

    Runner Up: Ghost coming up with the fumble during the Buffalo game this year. Was in the crowd, took me about a week to get my voice back after that.
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    Offense:
    1. Branch's end around against Pittsburgh in the 4th Q for a TD as he waved to the defense.
    2. Troy Brown over the middle during the final SB 36 drive.

    Defense:

    1. Bruschi interception for a TD at the 6 yard line against Miami in the snow game.
    2. Stuff by Willie at the Colt 1 yard line.

    Special Teams:
    1. Punt / Safety against Denver.
    2. Bethel's KO TD to close the half against Indy.
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    Offense
    2007 season - Tom Brady's 65-yard bomb to Randy Moss to simultaneously break the passing and receiving touchdowns record, and give the Patriots the lead for good in Week 17 against the Giants, capping the only 16-0 regular season in NFL history.

    Defense
    2006 season - This play actually happened on offense, but Troy Brown's strip of Marlon McCree after Tom Brady's interception, the game-changing play of the night, to help upset the mighty Chargers.

    Special Teams
    2001 season - Adam Vinatieri's 45-yard field goal into the face of a blizzard to tie the game against the Raiders in the infamous Snow Bowl.
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense,Defense,Special Teams

    Offense Brady to Brown long bomb to defeat Miami in OT 2003?


    Defense Can think of anything better than McGinests tackle of E James at the goal line.


    Special Teams.....Browns run back of a punt or kick off for TD in the AFC title game against the Squealers in '01. It broke they're back.
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    Offense - Brady's bomb to Brown in OT in Miami.

    I'll never forget this one. I was at a huge football party (like 150-200 heads) and while that ball was in the air you could have heard a pin drop...and the moment Brown caught the ball we were all jumping up and down and screaming. Great stuff

    -Also what made this even better was that the refs screwed up the coin toss and the D stopped the Phins.

    Defense - Bruschi's TD in the snow against Miami.

    My buddy was at that game and the snow "fireworks" were just awesome.

    Special Teams - Adam V's second Super Bowl winning kick.

    I was in the military in 2001 so I didn't get to see the first one with my friends. The Panther's Super Bowl was the first championship I got to enjoy with them.
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    Just remember how I felt when these things happened. These were the top 3.

    Offense- SB 36 TB pass to TB to set up AV for the game winner

    Defense-3rd pick of Manning by Ty in the 03 AFCCG.

    ST Tie: -AV kick in the Snow Bowl to knot it up at 13-13 and Sb 36 clinching kick by AV.
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    I have a miraculous play in mind the Immaculate reception part 2 in 01 against the Falcons. Ball hits off I believe Brown right into Pattons hands for a run away TD.

    Offense: The fake by TFB and Givens loses his man for an easy 10yd score against the Colts in the AFCC

    Defense: Ty Law's performance against Manning in 03

    ST: Troy Brown up the gut in the AFCC game of 01
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    The Brady to Brown TD in Miami was my runner-up. Sorely needed that after the Red Sox collapsed against the Yankees just three days prior.
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense,Defense,Special Teams

    Offense: Brady to Moss, 50/23, week 17 2007.
    Defense: Bruschi rips the ball right out of Dominic Rhodes' hands for the "fumble recovery" in the 20-3 AFCCG win
    ST: Vinatieri game-winner against the Rams, followed closely by the Snow Bowl OT kick.

    And yeah, Brown's strip of McCree definitely belongs somewhere on the list for the "C'mon, yeah!----OH **** NO!!!----wait.... YEAH!" factor. That sequence could only have been more bipolar if it resulted in a touchdown somehow.
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    Great play in a loss: Matt Cassell's perfect throw to Moss to tie the game in regulation against the Jets.
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    Favorite play of the decade was the Gaffney touchdown to win the Ravens game in 2007.

    Runner up was that amazing Moss catch in the 2007 Miami game beating multiple defenders in the endzone for the TD.
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    Offense - Brady to David Patten just before the end of the first half of SB36 - we were on the other side of the stadium but somehow I perfectly saw his foot and one hand come down and while everyone thought he only got one foot down I knew it was good because I saw the hand.

    runner up - Brady to Brown to set up the game winner in SB36

    Deffense - one of the Ty Law picks vs the Colts in 03 - Just before the play I saw BB point something out to Law and I followed Law the whole play and what a play it was

    Runner up - Bruschi's INT vs the Dolphins that set off the snow celebration

    STs - The walk off FG to win SB 36

    Runner Up - Troy Brown's punt return VS the Steelers


    and my favorite "play"ful moment Randy interacting with Randy Mask
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    I think many of us can include the Bledsoe 11 yard pass TD to David Patten after Brady was injured in the game vs the Steelers in 2002 which was the only offensive TD of that game.
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    Willy's wrap up on James to win the game in Indy

    Brady over the top to Branch in the 2004 AFCC to go up 10-0. I was stunned, so stunned that we scored 10 points so fast that I didn't even cheer, I just stood there hoping that they would be allowed to kick the PAT.
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    How about some more recent ones? :singing:

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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    All of my favorites are from Super Bowl 36.

    Offense: Brady to Patten TD pass.

    Defense: Law pick-six of Warner.

    ST: Vinatieri game winning FG.
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    My favorite play is the next one.
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    Very good question. I don't know if I can come up with individuals.

    On offense:

    • TFB's "Statue of Liberty" TD to Welker against the Jaguars in the 2007 playoffs
    • The "Shut up Anthony Smith" TD (Brady to Moss to Brady to Gaffney) against the Steelers in 2007
    • Vrabel's "wrapped up in Eagle" TD catch in SB XXXIX.

    On defense:

    • Bruschi's "Snow Game" INT.
    • The goal line stand against Indianapolis in 2003.

    On special teams:

    • Vinatieri's TD to Troy Brown against the Rams in 2004.
    • Flutie's drop kick against the Dolphins.
    • Vrabel's onside-kick recovery to win the game against the Giants in 2004.
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    Offense: 2001 vs the Dolphins, Kevin Faulk throws a 23 Yard Pass to Tom Brady. I'd never seen a QB catch a pass before.

    Runner Up: 2005 Divisional Playoff vs the Donkeys, Ben Watson running from one corner of the field to the other to knock Champ Bailey out of bounds. Even though the play was not called a touchback as it should have been that's not Ben's fault.

    YouTube - Ben Watson Tackle

    Defence: Bruschi's Interception of Jay Fiedler for a TD and the subsequent snow throwing.

    Runner Up: Troy Brown's first INT.

    Special Teams:Vinatieri throwing a TD against the Rams.

    Runner Up: Troy Brown's Punt Return TD against the Stealers in 2001.

    Edit: The Pats should poll fans for their favorite plays of the decade and then put the tops ones in a DVD.
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    Great question, and to do it justice I'd probably have to go back and watch some DVDs - there have been so many great ones. But without doing that

    Offense: Brady to Moss 50th
    Defense: Ty Law Interception vs Rams in SB
    ST: Troy Brown punt return vs Steelers AFCG
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    Offense: Brady's 60 yard TD bomb to Branch in the 2004 AFCCG against Pittsburgh. In the anticipated showdown of 14-2 defending champ NE and 15-1 Pittsburgh, that play totally took the crowd out of the game, and deflated the Steelers.

    Defense: Adalius Thomas' sack of Brett Favre. Not the biggest defensive play we've had, but none ever gave me more pleasure. It was the way AD threw Favre and Leon Washington around like rag dolls, and the look on Favre's face.

    Special Teams: The blocked 33 yard field goal attempt by Pittsburgh in the 2001 AFCCG, which Troy Brown recovered and lateraled to Antwan Harris, who went all the way for a TD. Put the Pats up 21-3 and put a knife into the Steelers.

    Honorable Mention: Already discussed in this thread, two of my favorite plays of the decade were defensive plays by offensive players: Troy Brown's strip of Marlon McCree in the 2006 divisional game against San Diego, and Ben Watson running down Champ Bailey after the Brady INT against Denver in the 2005 divisional game.
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    what if the next one is a pick six by Brady?

    Anyway,

    Offense: 2004 against the Seahawks? In a close game, Corey Dillon breaks free for a huge gain while barreling over several defenders...

    Defense: Rodney Harrison game clinching pick vs. Jags in 07 playoffs, followed by Samuel pick six of Manning in 2006 AFCCC (despite loss)...

    Special Teams: Ellis Hobbs record-breaking kick return week 1 2007, tied with both game winning Super bowl kicks...
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    Offense:

    -2007 Steelers screen pass to Moss, back to Brady, down to Gaffney

    Defense:

    -Ty Law INT of Kurt Warner in the SB

    Special Teams:

    -Blocked FG against Steelers, lateralled to Antwan Harris for TD
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    Favorite Offensive play - 2003 - OT in Miami (after Miami misses 2 pretty makeable FGs on a dirt surface, then the Pats intercept Jay Fiedler) Brady to Troy Brown for about 60 yds. Cartwheels around the room. My favorite Pats play of all time.

    Runner up - Brady to Branch in Pittsburgh during the 2004 AFCCG for an early 50 yd. td that silences the stadium and sets the tone for the blow out win.

    Favorite Defensive play - Willie McGinest fakes an injury to get an unscheduled time out then stuffs Edjerrin James on the one two plays later when (he says) he saw Peytie Pie tap his @$$ and he knew that was the signal for a hand-off to James.

    Runner up - Ty Law intercepts Peyton Manning 3 times in the 2003 AFCCG

    Favorite special teams play - Pats block FG in Pittsburgh, Troy Brown laterals to Antwan Harris. TD against those !@#@#!@s in the 2001 AFCCG.

    Thanks for the thread - look at all the great plays we've gotten to witness over the last 10 years!!

    Here's to hoping we can make a few more before the season is out!!
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    Re: Your favorite Patriots play of the decade - One on Offense, Defense, Special Team

    I don't remember that. That would be funny to see. Highlight anywhere on the internet?
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