holy mother of mothers. the patriots beat the broncos.
it sure didn’t seem like that was going to be the headline after the first quarter of this game. the only way it could have started worse would have been if tommy brady had left the field on a cart. still, for a girl who couldn’t muster any happy patriots thoughts all week long, i was remarkably calm when our pats headed into the locker room at halftime down by 24. luckily, so was our fearless quarterback, who came out in the second half and orchestrated one of the most fantastically-fun-to-watch comebacks ever (even better than 12 points in 75 seconds against the bills in 2009!). tommy threw 263 of his 344 yards in the second half, completing 81% of his passes – including three touchdowns. i’d say he kind of looked like a maniac when he celebrated this one with rob gronkowski...but that would be the pot calling the kettle black.
there isn’t much that makes me happier than beating peyton manning – but beating wes welker along with him made this one extra sweet. looking at wes wearing that stupid broncos uniform with his stupid wes welker face made me wonder how i ever could have hearted him (putting him in the company of pretty much every boyfriend i’ve ever had). the dropped passes and botched punt signal were great reminders of why i don’t miss him at all – though it looks like he might still miss new england a little bit. nice catch, wes! watching the patriots win really turns me on, too.
the tommy of the week is going to julian edelman, and i couldn’t be happier about it. i’ve wanted to give julian the totw several times this season, but he’s narrowly lost every time. it seems fitting that after stepping up to be the unexpected go-to guy all season along, edelman would have his biggest game of the season in one of the patriots’ biggest games ever – in front of a national audience, to boot. with 110 yards and two touchdowns, julian definitely stole the spotlight and put on a show. here he is, making an awesome flying leap into the endzone to put the pats up in the fourth quarter. it’s a bird! it’s a plane! it’s edelman!
and that’s all she wrote kids. we’re back to sunday mornings for a few weeks staring in houston this weekend. while the texans are having a terrible season, the pats embarrassed them pretty badly about this time last year, so you can bet they’ll bring their A game. think your happy patriots thoughts, and let’s hope next monday is as happy as this one was.
have a great week, and go pats!