As the final seconds ticked away at the Meadowlands Saturday night, you realized that you were watching something that you may never see again. At least in your lifetime. It was not easy, nor was it going to be for the New England Patriots, as they took care of business and did what they had to do, beating a game New York Giants team 38-35 on the road to complete a perfect season at 16-0. They did it the way they seem to have done it all season, with a big quarter complete with a big play – a Tom Brady to Randy Moss touchdown that put them ahead for good.
The score made it official – 50 TD’s for Brady, a new NFL record, and 23 TD’s for Moss, also a record. They then played defense and made a big stand against a Giants team that did move the ball quite a bit on them, and then again, drove down the field on the strength of Brady’s arm, and when they needed it most – got a short TD run from Laurence Maroney to put the game away.
And in the end, how appropriate was it that one of the most unsung heroes of the Pats all season and in this current dynasty – Mike Vrabel, finished off the perfect regular season with a recovery of an onside kick that led to a few kneel downs that ended the contest. It was a team effort, something we’ve come to expect week in and week out from this Pats team, and they did it like they always do – with a quiet yet effective resolve that has made them the greatest team to take the field.
If the Pats do not win the Super Bowl, will it be a letdown? Yes. They have had a mission since the moment they left the field after blowing a big lead in the AFC Title game last January, and that was to win the Super Bowl this year. They have somehow, someway, been perfect so far, and yes, they are expected to be perfect in the next three games to complete their mission. Don’t bet against them, as if you do you’ll learn the same lesson their first 16 opponents have learned – this team is as perfect as it gets.