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Brady’s ankle had a lot to do with him not being able to buy a millisecond in that pocket. Stephen Neal getting injured hurt too. The San Diego Chargers rolling Brady’s ankle were the real MVP’s nobody knew about.
Broncos won by their home field advantage alone. The game should’ve been at Gillette, where they would’ve been blown out. Failing to beat either the Jets or Dolphins and not securing home field advantage throughout was BB’s biggest blunder.
Nobody wins on 'home advantage alone'. And I'm talking moreso about their run in general and not just one game given how bad Denver's offense was - the defense carried the team to a championship including completley shutting down the Panthers. When you look at what that defense did, I don't think our 03/04 defenses are very far behind and totally capable of similar success in this era too.
SB42 was their DL annihilating our OL, let's not take credit from where it's due. Brady's ankle may have played a factor in his overall mobility but there were a # of plays where he had no chance to do anything ankle or not. The biggest example of this i can think of is the sack early in the 3rd quarter that made BB go for it on 4th and 13. He had no shot of making anything happen there even if the ankle was perfect.