Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal
1000%Willis Reed was injured before the deciding game of the NBA finals vs. LA. But he started, making of couple of early jump shots. He couldn't do much thereafter, but he didn't have to. The Knicks were clicking, and the Lakers folded.
The Eagles, like the Giants, were the underdog. Any little unnecessary edge you as the favorite just give to them will be (and was) taken advantage of and inspire them - and (sorry) deflate us.
And imagine this. WHATEVER occurred, whatever the reason, Butler was sick, Butler wasn't "dialed in" that week, Belichick doing this or that, whatever. But at halftime of the game, he pulls Butler aside and says,
"Malcolm, let's go win another Super Bowl."
Is anyone really going to tell me that Pats' defense doesn't have a better half than they did? Please.