As many witches advise, "Be careful what you wish for..... At the start of the 2016 NFL schedule many fans got their biggest wish with a cherry on top granted. NFL Commissioner's Roger Goodell suspension New England Patriots quarterback for four games went into effect, guaranteed, so the fans said, to bring the Patriots to a 0-4 record and essentially out of the playoffs and with Brady facing the 40 year old mark, possibly headed to history's scrapheap to be replaced by younger, untainted teams and personalities.
How'd that work out?
The Colts and Ravens - two of the more vocal teams, dropping a dime to Goodell about Brady (for doing what virtually every NFL quarterback from Aaron Rogers to Tony Romo, to Troy Aikman, etc, etc, etc have admitted to doing themselves) have faded into obscurity.
Far from caving, Brady and the Pats went on to set multiple NFL records this year and are seriously considered as being one of the best, if not THE best in NFL history.
If nothing else, the new Super Bowl records including the best comeback ever, will probably stand for a long time.
No one can accuse the Patriots of cheating this year - in fact, since the Colts and Ravens went kindergarten, and the refs have gotten better at scrutinizing the game balls ad nauseum to placate the Colts, Ravens (and all the fans who refuse to admit what their very own quarterbacks have admitted doing themselves) the Patriots have only gotten better. Go figure......
As the saying goes, "Karma's a bitch...."
The Patriots’ comeback victory set 24 new Super Bowl records and tied 7
The Patriots pulled off the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history and a bunch of records were smashed along the way.
by Adam Stites Feb 6, 2017, 12:12am EST
The New England Patriots pulled off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to win the first Lombardi Trophy ever decided by an overtime game.
To achieve the 34-28 win, there was a whole lot of passing by Tom Brady and the Patriots offense to orchestrate digging out of a 28-3 hole, so it’s not surprising that Super Bowl LI was a record-setter.
Altogether, 24 records were topped and seven were tied:
Some of the records — like Brady’s career completions and touchdowns — were already his before the game and were just increased in Houston. But there’s no doubt about it, Super Bowl LI posted some statistics that will be hard for future teams to match.
http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2017/2/6 ... -bowl-2017
The Patriots’ Place in History
Is the New England dynasty of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady the best in football history? Evaluating how these Patriots stack up against other teams in the running for the title of greatest ever
It will take a while, and some reflection, to put these New England Patriots into historical perspective. The NFL has been around for 97 years, through several eras and leagues, and so there’s no definitive statement to make about where the Patriots rank with the greatest teams of all time—except to say that they’re absolutely in the discussion.
The MMQB looked at the best teams in league history over at least a 12-year period, and here were the interesting findings about where the Patriots of 2001 to 2016 rank with them:
• New England’s regular-season winning percentage of .766 over these 16 seasons is the best of any team in league history in a span of at least 12 years.
• New England has won 14 division titles in those 16 seasons, the highest rate of division/conference titles won by a franchise over that span.
• Including playoff games, no team over a long term has averaged as many wins as New England, 13.8, in a season. That, of course, is helped by the fact that playoffs have expanded. But it’s still an impressive number. The Patriots’ 13.8 wins is a full win better, on average, than San Francisco’s 12.7 wins from 1981 to 1998.
• What makes the long-term greatness of the Patriots unique in league history is that the same coach, Bill Belichick, and quarterback, Tom Brady, have led the team in every season of their 16-year run … and there’s no sign either is going to step away soon. No other coach-quarterback pair has been together for such a length of great play, and that longevity is particularly impressive considering the rate of coaching changes today.
http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2017/02/09/best ... isco-49ers
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