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But I think 2016 was my favorite year.
What is yours ?
Correct.So '76 was better than all the SB winning years.
I too enjoyed the year following going 18-1 with losing the GOAT, losing the division , and not doing anything of note.
Easily rates higher than any of the super bowls
Holmes was out of boundsThe hated rival Steelers winning the Super Bowl in an agonizing way after their Bernard Pollard fan club.
The miserable home loss to Favre and the Jets in OT which kept us out of the postseason.Yeah, 2008 was the greatest season ever, no doubt.
Great post. The loss to Oakland was traumatic to a 14 year old scott99. But 1976 was a magical season. Just loved so many of those guys on that team, with Steve Grogan, Steve Nelson, Daryl Stingley, Tim Fox and Russ Francis being my favorites. I became a fan in 1975, rare for a native NYer, got my first Pat’s jersey on Christmas Eve 1976 from my parents.1976.
Like your first kiss, 1974 was a warning shot to the sports world that the Patriots were not just good, but for real. The media did their usual best to dismiss them, ignore their success and promise, and trumpet any uncomplimentary episode or incident that made them look bad, in their ongoing, endless, unsuccessful (to anyone with a brain) attempt to make the team as silly as their owner.
Two years later, the Patriots did not experience a rash of injuries, and thus won. Local media grudgingly hopped aboard the bandwagon as the wins piled up. National media ignored them with one exception: Howard Cosell, who, while projecting ahead in the season on MNF, shared the Patriots' belief that they could in fact go into Baltimore and win the rematch with the Colts, to position themselves for the playoffs, which they did in dominant fashion.
After the turnover filled loss in the opener, besides the annual dud at Miami the only other loss was in Pontiac to the lowly Lions, and Assistant special teams coach Bill Belichick.
The similarities between the Patriots' 1976 and 2001 seasons are striking. Naturally, had Ben Dreith officiated any of the '01 team's playoff games, there would have been no title. Further, the chain reaction could have been similar to what happened 25 years earlier: Without the experience of playing in, and winning, the Super Bowl, there is that unaccomplished barrier mentally, not to mention would Harrison and Dillon have come here, etc.
Anyway, media treated the Patriots in 1976 as an afterthought, and the absurdity of the debacle in Oakland made no difference. The Patriots were dispatched, as expected, and everyone got on with their lives.
The very next year, an inferior Denver Broncos team was given the royal treatment by national media throughout the season, the first year that franchise ever did anything.
That 1976 season was a blast. Too many big plays on special teams and defense to count. Not to mention the offense.
The regular season finale at winless Tampa was fun. A long pick six from lumbering Sam Hunt, and a successful extra point kick by Steve Zabel.
Six days later, the team did its job on the first step to glory.
And the officials did theirs too, making sure the better team did not win.
Still not sure why more people dont have this at #1