Check out our latest episode of Patshow Live as we breakdown a needed win in Tampa Bay and Joe Caporoso of TurnontheJets.com joins us to give us some insight into the Jets’ 3-2 start and what we might expect to see from our young rivals this weekend. Plus our favorite media from this week and as always a visit from the Fitzy puppet. It’s all here on Patshow!
Mike Petraglia via CLNS Media weighs in on the Patriots 33-30 loss to the Panthers from Foxboro.
Mike Petraglia checks in from Foxboro with five takeaways from the Patriots’ stunning last-minute victory over the Houston Texans. I can still say “stunning” right? I don’t know, I’m almost starting to expect them.
In case you missed it live earlier today, here’s episode three of Patshow! Plenty of Julian Edelman discussion, a visit from our first guest (a puppet Fitzy) and a 53-man roster projection.
Next show will be Wednesday but in the meantime if you’ll be tailgating for Patriot-Giants this Thursday be on the lookout for yours truly shooting some fan interviews for next week’s show. Thanks to all for tuning in and be sure to follow/fave/share all things @Patshow6!
As many of you may or may not have heard, the NFL has uploaded 96 games as voted by fans, three per team, to Youtube. Every team obviously has a minimum of three games, some have many more, some have many less. The Patriots have the third most games available, a total of 10 (the Packers and Cowboys are tied with thirteen each).
Many of the games voted for show quite a recency bias, and also who teams are VERY excited to beat. The other fans hate our Patriots. You already knew that and so did I.
Let’s take a look at the seven games voted by other teams fans and relive them a little, ranked by heartbreak, and also ranked by what we learned:
7: Monday night football at Carolina, November 18 2013
This game had the lowest stakes of all the games, it barely puts up a fight. It has distinctiveness for several reasons: The Patriots were beaten after a bye week, which is quite a rarity around Belichick coached teams. This was the game that it became clear that Aqib Talib wasn’t a big subscriber to “The Patriot Way”, losing his cool because of some personal nonsense with Steve Smith.
Finally, and most importantly, it was a national stage for the (un)official unveiling of the “Shaq Rules” for Gronk, where he gets officiated differently both for and against due to him being so much bigger and so much stronger than anyone that is tasked with covering him.
6: Super Bowl XX vs Chicago Bears, 1985 season
The Patriots were just incredibly overmatched (as would have been basically anyone in that game), and it took no time for that to become evident. All stories seem to reflect a very “happy to be there” attitude for the fanbase, as it showed hope for future versus a not so great pastfor the Patriots at that point.
This was also the “not quite” decade for Boston/New England sports. The Celtics won titles in 1981, 1984 and 1986, The Bruins made Stanley Cup appearances 1988 and 1990, the Red Sox made the World Series in 1986, and the Patriots were in this Super Bowl in 1986. Growing up in the 90s and barely remembering 80s sports, my dad always mentioned how everything was so close to great. Glad we got to see that fully come to fruition twenty years later.
5: AFCCG vs Ravens, 2012 season
This game was uglier than it showed on the scoreboard, and it was quite a frustrating game to watch. Talib goes down in an AFC Championship game, Gronk rebroke his arm the week before versus the Texans, Edelman was stuck covering an Anquan Boldin that was playing out of his mind, perhaps accidentally inhaling some deer antler spray owned by Ray Lewis in the locker room. We can’t prove whether that did or did not happen, so let’s launch and investiga……..nah.
4: Superbowl XXXI vs Green Bay, 1996 season
This one felt so close, yet so far. Everyone could smell the potential comeback when the Patriots scored to be down seven before Desmond Howard returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown. In hindsight, we all know if it was close and there was a potential comeback, Drew was throwing a 4th quarter pick. Drew Bledsoe, if you’re reading this, I apologize for that dig. Please send me a bottle of Doubleback (free plug for your wine. We good?).
3: AFCCG at Colts, 2006 season
HOW DID THEY LOSE THIS GAME. Period, not question mark. The first half had all the makings of a complete and total rout, and it’s almost as if they convinced themselves it was all over after the Asante Samuel pick-6. They were absolutely winning the Super Bowl if they hung on here. Despite the loss, this game holds a special place in my heart because of the amount of offensive lineman touchdowns (Logan Mankins and Jeff Saturday). Unfortunately, this also officially kicked off the “Peyton Manning can beat Brady!” train, which made for a great rivalry but also was the beginning of the end of being able to really poke fun at Peyton without recourse, and who among us Patriot fans didn’t love those days?
2: AFCDG vs Jets, 2010
Six weeks earlier, the Patriots absolutely destroyed the Jets on national television. This time, the Jets defense came in like bullies, and the Pats D allowed Mark Sanchez to look like a god in this game. Gross. Kudos to Rex Ryan for having a plan and executing it perfectly, let’s all hope that this game is his crowning jewel, and never to be matched, replicated, or topped.
1: Super Bowl XLII
Okay, we all know that this game is the helmet catch. The Eighteen-and-one. This one still stings. What did we learn? How to cope with having it all and losing it. I’m sure for other fan bases, this season echoed every superhero movie that exists: “That menacing villain is so powerful! How can they be stopped?! Save us, hero!”, and somehow, in the final battle, it all went to hell.
To end this on a happy note, the three games selected by Patriots fans were Superbowl 36, Superbowl 49, and The Snow Game vs the Raiders. We’re lucky to have many great memories, as is obvious by the healthy amount of respect shown to the Patriots from other fanbases.
Looking back on the 2015 season now that we have some separation, I have to go with the thrilling last-second victory over the Giants as my best Patriots game of 2015. After this game there wasn’t much else to get excited about. Yes, the playoff win over the Chiefs was a solid victory, especially after the ass-pounding they handed us in 2014, but nothing tops finally beating Eli and the Giants for the first time since 2007’s 16-0 game.
The 4th-and-10 conversion to Danny Amendola on the final drive was a Tom Brady masterpiece. Such focus and poise in the pocket on a must-get play. Amendola also had a huge 82-yard punt return that sparked the comeback. It felt good to tear the Giants’ hearts out with a last second win for a change. This time around Eli just left too much time on the clock, as the Pats have done for him the last three matchups, including both Super Bowls.
Unfortunately the game was not without it’s significant injury hits, as Julian Edelman would miss the rest of the regular season after this one, seven games, in which the Pats went 3-4. So in many ways this win was the high water point of the season.
This was also the first game without Dion Lewis and the ground game struggles that would haunt the Pats the rest of the season started to show. They’d finish with 23 carries for 77 yards, a 3.3 yards-per-rush average.
Other 2015 contenders include the opening Thursday win over the Steelers, an tougher-than-expected battle with the Colts (who can forget their punt play?), and pounding an upstart Dolphins team. Not a lot of unforgettable games last year, but 2016 should change that with a beast of schedule.
New highlight vid of James White just popped up, not a bad way to wake up on a Saturday morning. Very curious to see what White’s role is this year. He had some great moments after stepping up for Dion Lewis, but I can’t help but wonder what could’ve been had he and Brady been a little more in sync in the AFC Championship. He had just five catches on a whopping 16 targets. The Pats kicked the tires on some other receiving backs this offseason but have yet to actually sign any of them. I took that as them wanting someone to at least pair with White, and once Lewis comes back fully who knows how much White will be involved.