WEEK SEVENTEEN VS. BUFFALO BILLS W 49-21
our patriots started the year and ended the season on a winning note in a not-so-rare fall-behind-early performance that happily turned into a rare blowout. now that our pats have mastered coming back from big deficits, it’d be awesome if they started working on other skills – like, say, winning some playoff games.
in spite of the slow start, our patriots finished big and had a slew of broken records to show for it. our fearless quarterback set the bar, surpassing marino’s single-season passing record with 5,235 yards (putting him second all-time behind drew brees) and throwing his 300th career touchdown pass (tying him for fifth place). with tom brady at the helm, anything can the happen...and something amazing probably will. here he is, looking firmly in control and ready to direct our team into the post-season. you show ‘em, tommy!
from the looks of this photo, the bills must not have known that wes welker led the nfl in receiving yards this season – with 1,569 on 122 receptions. if all his coverage looked like this, he’d have broken rice’s record for sure! nevertheless, it was an extraordinary season for wes, who not only found new ways to excel as a patriot – but also found new ways of making me heart him!
both of our tight ends had banner days again, with gronkowski getting in on the record-breaking action and setting the single season receiving record for tight ends with 1,327 yards. still, this week’s tommy is going to a backup defensive player. sterling moore has played just five games in the nfl, but he managed to pull down two interceptions in this game against the bills, one of which he returned for a touchdown. while it might not have been record-breaking, it was a fantastic performance from the rookie cornerback and a bright spark for a struggling defense. way to aim high, sterling.
we’re on the bye this week while denver and pittsburgh slug it out today, and we’ll be on tap for the later game next saturday evening. we’ve been bounced in our first playoff game for the last two years in a row, so while our pats are using this week to tighten up and get focused, let’s all practice our happy patriots thoughts. don’t worry – i’ll remind you again in the forthcoming tommy of the bye. have a great week, and go pats!