The Patriots as underdogs?

Sonja Greenfield, OTFB Writer

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Admit it, you just rolled your eyes when you read that. It’s OK. I sort of did that as well, when I first heard about it.

I’ve often said, until someone can beat them, the road to the Super Bowl will have to go through New England at some point. But this year seemed a little different for the Patriots. After back to back loses early in the season to the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Detroit Lions, you have to admit, people outside of New England started to get a little excited at the thought of witnessing the Patriots’ descent back to Earth.

Then after the stunning loss to the Miami Dolphins and then the Pittsburgh Steelers, the noise was getting louder.  I mean, they weren’t even favored to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in the championship game. And while it could have been more for the sake of betting, they still weren’t favored and that’s not something we are used to.

Let’s face it, NFL fans love a good underdog story. The Philadelphia Eagles really embraced that last year on their Super Bowl run.

The Seattle Seahawks embraced that this year as well.  Nobody thought they would even be a .500 team, yet they were able to make it to the playoffs.

Then you have the New England Patriots, the unlikely underdogs, yet there they were.  Outside of Patriot Nation, not too many people felt that they could get it done. I know I thought this wasn’t going to be their year. And quite frankly, if the Chiefs were able to execute on third down in overtime, the Patriots may not have been in a position to hold a send-off rally.

So, even though it’s odd to think about, and whether we like it or not, the Patriots were underdogs. While they’re not really on the Detroit vs. Everybody level of an underdog, they still were.

And they’re still here.

 

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