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Arrogance vs Modesty

My reaction after the NFCCG is: Damnit…

There were two things that I wanted before the season started:

  • Winning at least ONE postseason game.
  • Tom Brady exceeding 5,000 passing yards.

There was one thing that I didn't want before the season started:

  • DO NOT FACE THE NEW YORK GIANTS IN THE SUPER BOWL IF WE MAKE IT THAT FAR.

The 2007 campaign was a long time ago and both teams are completely different since they last meet in the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots were a very arrogant team that were 16-0 in the 2007 NFL regular season, and were going to the SB as a 18-0 team. They were one win away from being the perfect team. They had all the reasons in the world to be the most arrogant group of professional athletes that they can be. One New York team proved the world and the Patriots that nothing is set in stone in the NFL. Living in Central Jersey and going to school in North Jersey, I am constantly reminded of this 18-1 season.

Four years later, the Patriots are a completely different team. There are a ton of roster changes. As the offense has gotten better, the defense has gone the other direction. But there is one very big difference between these Patriots compared to the Patriots of 2007 and before: They aren’t the same arrogant players as they used to be. Since the beginning of the season, we started it with a bang and we played 60 minutes of football every week like we usually do, but we had a hunch on our back. That hunch was Myra Kraft. We’re no longer playing for wins or for ourselves. We’re playing in honor of the late Myra Kraft. Seeing BJGE pound the MHK patch over his heart after he scored that early touchdown couldn’t have made me feel prouder to be a fan of this organization. When Robert Kraft was holding the Lamar Hunt trophy and pointing at the sky, I couldn’t help but say this is for Myra.

Pats Nation, please take things modestly and know that this will be one hell of a game. No guaranteeing games as we know where that took us in 2007. The Giants are hot, healthy, and looking greater than ever before. The Giants are not the complete underdogs, and are very arrogant after beat the Pats in the regular season this year. Maybe they’ll collapse under their success like every other team in recent years.

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