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Patriots serve championship notice in blowout win

Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:08 am
Edited on: January 15, 2012 12:21 am
Brady has three Super Bowl rings but had a record-setting performance against Denver Saturday. (AP)
By Will Brinson

Heading into Saturday's Patriots-Broncos game, there was plenty of concern about what kind of miracles Tim Tebow could work against a weakened Patriots defense. With a virtuoso, record-breaking performance against Denver in a 45-10 blowout win, Tom Brady and the Pats quickly dispelled that ridiculous notion.

Pats throttle Broncos

Speaking of ridiculous notions, we all need to get rid of the idea that the Patriots can't win a Super Bowl with their porous defense. Because they can. After winning eight-straight games to close the season, people still disrespected the Patriots; after all, they didn't beat a single team with a record above .500 in 2011.

And, of course, they had the second-worst defense in the regular season. But this isn't about the long grind of 16 games. This is about preparing for two more individual opponents and maximizing chances over the course of 120 minutes on the field, which is precisely what the Patriots excel at doing, as they showed on Saturday night.

"Once we found out who were were playing [after the bye week] I think these guys really did a good job of focusing on a target and they were obviously ready to go today," Bill Belichick said after the game. "I have to give the players all the credit in the world. They stepped up and made a lot of big plays."

In other words, once the Patriots figure out who they'll play in the AFC Championship Game, it would be foolish to believe they can't figure out a way to slow said team down. If you don't believe me, just ask the 2007 Indianapolis Colts.

That Colts team finished 29th in total defense. The idea that they could slow anyone down was laughable heading into the playoffs. But they did just that in limiting the Chiefs and Ravens to 14 points total, winning a shootout with the Patriots and then limiting the Bears to 17 points in the Super Bowl.

They gelled at the right time and it's possible the Patriots could be doing the same thing right now. No, the Broncos aren't the Packers. But you think the Patriots can't win in a shootout? Because they can. And if their opponent makes a mistake, they're infinitely dangerous -- we saw just that at the end of the first half against Denver when Brady tossed two (more) touchdowns in less than two minutes.

"That was huge," Belichick said of the two-touchdown swing to end the first half. "And then we got a stop to start the third quarter so that sequence there … was big for us. We had the lead but then the game got out of hand at that point. That was really well executed by our football team, especially offensively."

It's the kind of swing only a few teams are capable of pulling off, and the Patriots and Packers probably qualify as the only teams remaining with that much explosiveness. Broncos coach John Fox, given his comments after the game, likely agrees.
"They're better than us," Fox said after the game.

They are. And the Patriots are better than a lot of teams, even if the defense stunk all year and they didn't have a hard schedule.

Now they just have to be better than two more teams to get that fourth ring for Brady.

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 10:31 am

Patriots serve championship notice in blowout win

No home team has lost a playoff game this year. Looks like Patroit/Packer SB to me.

Since: Aug 6, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 7:14 am

Patriots serve championship notice in blowout win

Eli Isn't going anywhere , the Niners are playing the Pats in the Super Bowl , the Giants will lose to Green bay today !

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:44 am

Patriots serve championship notice in blowout win

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Since: Dec 15, 2010
Add FavoritePosted on: January 15, 2012 2:24 amScore: 57 

Patriots serve championship notice in blowout win

crow now, but Eli's commmmiinngggg!!!
and he owns yall!
Eli doesn't own shit.  The Giants are a tough team.  We beat them in the regular season in 07 and they won the superbowl.  They beat the Pat's in the regular season in 11 and the Pat will beat them in the Superbowl, if they even make it that far.  Damn, Eli isn't even the first or second best QB at Thanksgiving dinner. 

Since: Jun 13, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:32 am

Patriots serve championship notice in blowout win

"the ravens seem to have their number"

Not really...New England is 6-1 against the Ravens all-time.  That lone loss being the playoff game trouncing, of course, but the Pats came back the next season and beat them in OT.

At this stage of the game, is facing Houston any "easier" than pairing off with Baltimore?  Arian Foster and Andre Johnson (if fully healthy) are probably scarier than the tandem of Ray Rice and Torrey Smith, TJ Yates gets a little better each game, and damn, the Texans D is frightening in its own right.  Baltimore is a very hot and cold team, as evidenced by their domination of the Steelers and their desecration by the Chargers.  I think either of those two teams will be a handful in Foxboro, and Patriots fans should certainly not pull for a Houston-upset, by thinking they're "much easier."  Instead, I would wish for a physical, smashmouth game, that'll take a toll on both teams heading into next Sunday.

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:24 am

Patriots serve championship notice in blowout win

crow now, but Eli's commmmiinngggg!!!
and he owns yall!

Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:12 am

Patriots serve championship notice in blowout win

I would first like to see you spell correctly, second off. The Ravens OR the Texans will pose a challenge, because a weak team doesn't make it as far to the AFC Championship. The Texans, when they meet the Patriots, will pose a challenge with their great running game as well as a far more decent passing game then Tebow. So no, they better hope the Ravens win, because if not.... get ready Pats.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 1:51 am

Patriots serve championship notice in blowout win

wellthe pats sure looked in that game. the real challenge is they can do that against the ravens. the ravens seem to have their number. have figured out how to stop them, put pressure on brady. the pat beeter hope the texans win, causethey will have an easier time with them. the texans will relax, thinking we made it. while the ravens will unlese those good defensive players,

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 1:37 am

Patriots serve championship notice in blowout win

Its funny that they point out that the Pats didn't beat anyone with a better than .500 record this year (at least by years end as the Pats did beat teams that were over .500 at the time they played them), but fail to mention that only eleven teams (minus the Pats themselves since they can't play themselves) actually ended the season over .500.  In other words there were so few teams with over .500 records this year that it is hardly surprising that a team could play 16 games and not end up with a win over an over .500 record team on their resume'.  And if one team beat a team that was 9-7 is that really much different than beating a team that ended up 7-9?

Out of the Pats three loses two were to over .500 teams.  Out of their 13 wins (I'm not including their 14th win tonight which was technically over a 9-8 Denver squad) they beat seven teams who ended the season right at the .500 mark.  I'll bet if you added up over-all winning percentage of teams they beat with the over-all winning percentages other teams had in their win columns this "weak schedule" claim wouldn't look so valid.

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 1:20 am

Patriots serve championship notice in blowout win

Great game, Patriots and Tom Brady.  But it has only earned them the chance to play in the AFC Conference Championship game next week.  The Patriots are only interested in Super Bowl victories and until they achieve the next one this game against the Broncos means little to nothing.  Savor this victory tonight but be prepared to face the winner of the Ravens and Texans next Sunday.  The march rolls on.  Great game, Pats! 

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 1:19 am

Patriots serve championship notice in blowout win

I'm sure it's been said already, but hey, remember when the Pats were 16-0.  How'd that work out?

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