Good thread as should be fun for two weeks!
Here's another amazing stat I saw on the highlights yesterday to go with the following observations.
And yes I picked the Ravens and wanted the Patriots to lose.
I don't agree that New England is any less dangerous a team than they were historically despite deficiencies on defence, for we've seen three teams without even good defenses win championships in just the past few years too (Colts 2006, Saints 2009, and Packers 2010) let alone come very close (Cardinals 2008).
The Ravens were just plainly, unlike last year, also that much better on offence this year as their defence stepped up in these playoffs just enough.
What is telling is that at 35, a QB like Tom Brady really does not know just how much time is left on his clock. He sure did not look shabby in any way to me last evening in the fourth quarter trying to engineer the comeback. He'll be around at least two more years in New England.
Did you know that until last night, New England at home, in ALL games with Tom Brady starting and when leading at halftime, was 67-0! :o
One such playoff loss to end such a historic streak in pro football, as much as it hurts, does not compromise anything for Tom Brady.
Just ask players on the Ravens and 49ers who have forgotten about last year's playoffs already and rightly so!