Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/18/14

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 30: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates after Laurence Maroney scored a 2-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Louisana Superdome on November 30, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Ladies and Gentlemen, as another exciting playoff tournament starts this weekend in the National Football League don’t be shocked by any of the results.   Don’t be shocked during the playoffs if your team gets blown out at home, on the road, wins a close one or blows out a number one seed.   You can get out your thesaurus and be disappointed, discouraged, elated, or any of the other ways to show distress or excitement but don’t be shocked.   Don’t be shocked because of these two things: a 42 point turnaround in a few weeks and the 2008 Arizona Cardinals.   Let’s review.December 6, 2010, the New York Jets brought a sterling 9-2 record, very good defense, and serviceable offense to Foxboro, Mass.   The New England Patriots brought an equally sterling 9-2 record, Tom Brady, and a serviceable defense to the game.   On paper this should have been a 23-20 or 27-24 titanic struggle between divisional foes that knew each other well.   Instead it was a football nightmare for the Jets and a 7 on
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