Yesterday was a great day for Boston sports fans everywhere. Last inning heroics at Fenway, and a come from behind victory for the Pats at the end of the game. The day after and I am still filled with emotion over it all.
But, let me address the football portion of the day. What we viewed yesterday in Foxboro was football as it was meant to be played. The defense went out and shut down two of the NFL's best ball catchers in WR Colston and TE Graham. The defense came to not only play, but to excel. Prior to the game I heard commentator after commentator dis miss this defense. They said that without "Big Vince" in the middle to clog up holes, they were lost. Then we heard that Kelly was also out, and he became the most important cog in that defensive machine. At this point I would like to point out that as good as New Orleans is, they are an offense built on passing domination, so line play to me was not a major concern. However, the play of Talib in the secondary was great. When he went out in the fourth, I was filled with dread. But in true Patriot fashion someone else stepped up their play. In comes Dennard and Arrington.
On the offensive side of the ball, what is there to say. We still saw a Tom Brady who seemed a bit hesitant. We still saw many drops. However; the composure of the guys on that final drive was flawless. Collie with just his first targets in a Patriot uniform came up big. Edelman made that great catch and held on despite the big hit. Dobson, even after having dropped a perfect pass just a few minutes earlier, showed up with a big catch and got out of bounds. Then came the "cherry on top of our Sundae (or Sunday)", the Brady to Thompkins TD. A perfect throw to the end zone, and a perfect catch.
This type of last minute heroics is something that New England fans have become used of over the past 12 years. Tom has made many a great pass over the last 12 years, and also in his time at Michigan. While this would rank up in the top 5 for me, I am sure that there were Superbowl and playoff passes that Tom would better remember. But, for the other half of that pass/catch combo, Thompkins, it is another story. He is a rookie. He was undrafted. He has overcome adversity. Yet this day after all I see on TV and Internet are stories that praise Brady. Yes I do think that Tom deserves some loving, but so does Thompkins, and the rest of that team and coaching staff.
Yesterday was a perfect example of just what NFL football should be. David beats Goliath in New England. David falls to Goliath in Denver, but shows heart in defeat. David goes to Houston and beats up on what we thought was a Goliath. This all goes to prove the old adage "on any given Sunday".
In closing, much love to all of the Patriot players and staff for a great job. While the commentators my be just acknowledging Tom today, be assured that this was a team victory in every sense of the word. Even those guys that we did not see yesterday participated on the practice squad, helped the coaching staff to simulate and draw up a game plan. Finally, to KT, go to McDonalds today for "you deserve a break today".