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If by "slight" you mean "none", then i agreeI still feel like there was a slight chance Brady would have retired after that season if we had won. The Tom vs Time documentary seemed to be leading up to it and he would have gone out on his best statistical SB performance along with a league MVP. I don't think it was a big chance but if there was ever a time I though he would hang it up it was heading into that super bowl week.
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There have certainly been worse losses in terms of embarrassment (2010 Jets), humiliation (2009 Ravens) and what was at stake (AFCCG, SB, etc).
I can't really explain it but the divisional loss to the Broncos in 06 (2005 season) just sticks with me.
No question the team had flaws and played poorly but I just recall being down in the dumps after that loss for a solid week.
2007 obviously for stated reasons. Isn’t a month that goes by I dont think of that game.2007 because it was a chance at immortality. If they had beaten the NYG, the 2007 New England would have been mentioned with the 27 Yankees, the 98 Yankees, the 77 Canadiens, the 86 Celtics as THE GREATEST TEAM OF ALL TIME. And the Patriots would have a rightful claim to that throne. Going undefeated, winning the Super Bowl, in a salary cap league would've put the 07 Pats at the top of the list. There is absolutely no way any other loss in franchise history can compare.
2006 ranks up there me because it would've been a conference title win ON THE ROAD. Road playoff games are the mark of an incredible team - that's why the 2018 edition should get TONS of credit bc they won AT KC. Plus the 06 team would've played a crap Bears team and probably wiped the field with them.
2005 at Denver is a personal one for me. I, and probably many other fans, just couldn't believe Brady lost a playoff game. We thought he was invincible - remember, he started his career 10-0 in the playoffs.
Those are my top 3 anyway...
The though thing about all those losses is, all of these games probably had this one play, that if it went in the Patriots' favour could've swung or decided the game. In 2005 it was the Champ Bailey interception. In 2006 it was the OPI on Troy Brown on a 3rd down conversion late in the 1st half deep in Colts territory up 21-0. And in 2007 it was obviously the whole helmet catch sequence.But they also had their share of bad luck. 05, 06 07 were all winnable games.