The Patriots are just about set to take on the NFC Champion Seahawks in their sixth Super Bowl appearance in the last 13 years. In their two most recent trips in 2007 and 2011, however, the Pats have not been able to come away victorious. In their most recent Super Bowl loss to the Giants, there were some pretty clear reasons as to why they were unable to win the game. We all remember the last-minute, game-winning touchdown drive orchestrated by Eli Manning, Ahmad Bradshaw’s accidental touchdown and the last-second Hail Mary attempt falling incomplete. Chances are, however, most people have forgotten about some of the other reasons the Pats came out on the wrong end of the score, but not to worry. Here are the top-12 reasons the Patriots lost Super Bowl XLVI.
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After a much deserved Bye Week, the Patriots return to action on Saturday against the pesky Baltimore Ravens in Foxboro. Of course the team from Baltimore is very familiar with Gillette Stadium, especially in the postseason, as they are the only team to ever beat the Patriots there twice in the playoffs. Those wins were in the 2009 and 2012 seasons and Terrell Suggs and the militia of Ravens fans will never let the Patriots forget about those seasons.The Patriots will try to avenge both of those loses, and if they don’t, this season will be considered an enormous failure to the franchise.
Those games will mean nothing when the game starts on Saturday afternoon. Here’s how these two teams matchup:
Rushing Attack: Most people may have assumed that without Ray Rice, the Ravens would struggle with running the ball effectively. In reality, Baltimore has had more rushing yards they they’ve had in 5 season. Justin Forsett has led the way for the Ravens with over 1,000 yards on the season and 8 rushing touchdowns. The New England defense gave up an average of 104 yards per game in the regular season, but that number is a bit inflated due to the terrible start by the club. They gave up 191 rushing yards in week 1, and then in week 4 gave up 207 in the embarrassing Monday Night loss to the Chiefs.
The Patriots Run game has been what we normally expect from the Patriots. Ridley missed more half the year with an injury, and occasionally a running back will have a big game for the Patriots like Jonas Gray against the Colts. As seen during the Green Bay game, if the run doesn’t seem to work early, the Patriots completely abandon it, and go strictly to a passing game.
Passing Game: Joe Flacco has been known to air the ball out from time to time. He has success with that, and Steve Smith Sr., and Tory Smith are usually on the same page as him. He’s no Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, but he’s proven he can get the job done when it matters. He is not “The best QB in the game” as his coach John Harbaugh claims, but somehow he wins playoff games. He’s thrown for 13 touchdowns and ZERO interceptions in his last 5 playoff games. Those stats are a little scary. As all of Baltimore has tried pointing out to me all week, Flacco also has the most road playoff wins in NFL history. That’s great, but a bit of a deceiving stat, considering great quarterbacks like Peyton and Brady haven’t had the opportunity to play on the road as much because of their regular season dominance. Read more
It took an interception by Vince Wilfork with under 2 minutes to go, to keep the double digit underdogs, Oakland Raiders, from tying, and forcing overtime against the New England Patriots. It was a 13-6 WIN, but it felt more like a loss for the now 2-1 Patriots. It’s a weird feeling for fans of a winning side, to feel like they lost. Maybe it’s only something Patriots fans feel because they’ve been so spoiled over the past 15 years, either way, it was not a good win for the Patriots.
After last week’s win in Minnesota, Tom Brady spoke out about how the Offense needed to step up, and play better together. That didn’t happen this week. In fact it seemed to be worse than it what it was last week. The offense that has been displayed through the first three weeks of the season does not look at all like a Super Bowl caliber offense.
Brady was 24 for 37 with 234 yards, and one touchdown, which was thrown to Rob Gronkowski with 4:14 left in the first half to give the Patriots a 7-3 lead. That was the only Touchdown scored all day by either side.
Although only one Touchdown was scored, the Patriots and Raiders but had good chances to find the endzone, but neither could get the job done. The best chance for the Patriots to score 7 was at the start of the 4th quarter, and the ball on the Raiders 2 yard line. Brady threw a great pass up the middle to Gronkowski, but he was unable to hang on to it. So Brady tried again, this time to Danny Amendola. Despite a dive by Amendola, he was unable to make the catch, and the Patriots had to settle for the field goal, which put them on top, 13-9.
The missed touchdown by Amendola was the only pass targeted to him all game. The common theme for Brady thus far has been avoiding Amendola like the PLAUGE!!! The only receiver Brady has trusted this year has Julian Edelman, and occasionally Gronk. Edelman once again was the top receiver in the game with 10 receptions and 84 yards. There is clearly some sort of disconnect between Brady and his receivers, and maybe JUST MAYBE Brady is responsible for a lot of the Patriots struggles. (I know, blasphemy just by suggesting Brady might be responsible.) Read more
After the dismal week 1 loss to the Dolphins, the Patriots will travel to Minnesota to face off against the Vikings to try and avoid going 0-2 for the first time since 2001, when Drew Bledsoe was the Patriots starting Quarterback. It was shocking enough that the team started 0-1, and an 0-2 start will cause absolute chaos for the New England fan base, and may cause overreacting fans to burn Gillette Stadium to the ground.
After the loss to Miami last week, it actually wouldn’t be too shocking to see the Patriots struggle against the Vikings, and possibly even drop the game. Delusional Patriots fans don’t want to accept the fact that the team may not be as good as anticipated. Here are the 3 things to look for on Sunday:
1.) Adrian Peterson: I’m fairly certain everybody in the world knows how dominant AP can be from week to week. Sure he’s no longer that automatic 1st pick in your Fantasy Draft, but he’s no scrub, and he can still do damage! Read more
Every season, the Patriots seem to have difficulty in Miami and this season was no different as the Pats dropped the 1st game of the season, 33-20, to the Dolphins in Miami. In the first half, we saw the Patriots team we were expecting to see, as they scored all 20 of their points in the first half, and took a 10 point lead into the second half.
After scoring 20 points in the first half, the Patriots came out in the 2nd half with an anemic looking offense. Tom Brady and his receivers couldn’t get much going at all. The offense was so weak, they only picked up 3 first downs in the 2nd half.
Brady, who wasn’t happy about Logan Mankins being traded to Tampa Bay two weeks ago, had little help from his offensive line, as he was sacked 4 times in the game, and he fumbled the ball twice. Miami took full advantage of this, and brought the pressure to the Quarterback frequently, and Brady never had much time to make his throws.
The offense was the only Patriots downfall for the Patriots, as the defense couldn’t do much to stop Miami, especially in the 2nd half. The Dolphins were led by Runningback, Knowshon Moreno who rushed for 134 yards on 24 carries. Moreno is no stranger to the Patriots as they saw him twice last year when he played for the Denver Broncos, including the November matchup in which he ran for over 200 yards at a very cold Gillette Stadium.
Ryan Tannehill played well, and did exactly what he needed to do to help the Dolphins to victory in the game. He threw for two touchdowns, and threw for an interception early in the game, when Alfonso Dennard picked him off deep near the goal line.
Seeing his first game action since mid last season, Rob Gronkowski had 4 receptions, including a 6 yard touchdown from Brady in the 2nd quarter. Gronkowski didn’t play as many snaps as he normally does, but that was expected as he didn’t make any appearances in the preseason, and Bill Belichick is trying to limit his playing time until he’s completely 100% back to normal.
This week 1 loss was the 1st week 1 loss since 2003, when the Patriots lost to the Drew Bledsoe and Buffalo Bills 31-0. Later that year the Pats got revenge by beating them by the same score, then of course went on to win the Super Bowl! So lets hope history can repeat itself, and the Pats can rebound and make a run to Super Bowl 49!
The end of summer, and the very beginning of Fall brings great things to New England. colorful leaves, Sam Adam’s Octoberfest, and Pumpkin Spice Latte’s. The most important thing that returns every fall of course is football season, and seeing the Patriots take the field for the 1st time every season is always a great sight. That sight will finally be seen this Sunday as the Patriots face off against the Miami Dolphins on Miami.
We all remember how the Patriots were eliminated by Peyton Manning, and Wes “Molly” Welker last year, and Sunday begins a new chapter, and new hope for Patriots fans everywhere. Despite the Dolphins not making the playoffs since 2008, they are not a team that should be taken lightly, especially when the game is being played in Miami.
Last season the Patriots fell to Miami in December 24-20, in a game where Dolphins Quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, outplayed Tom Brady and the Patriots offense, and for some reason the Patriots struggle quite a bit in Miami. Here are three keys of the game to look for on Sunday: