We can say that the New England Patriots were the last team we all were expecting to go to the Super Bowl. Honestly, many people picked them not to even go to the playoffs, because all of the off field issues and players set to miss games. They lost four statues on defense in free agency, and lost impact players on offense. The future for the Patriots didn’t look good and definitely didn’t look like a Super Bowl roster. Their most important player was set to miss the first four games of the season. It wouldn’t be a big deal on most teams but we’re talking about Tom Brady. He is one the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game.
For them to go 3-1 without him shows a lot about the front office and the coaching staff. Once Tom Brady started back playing, their team went from good to great. Later on in their season they traded their best player on the defense to the Cleveland Browns. Jamie Collins was the playmaker on the defense and was the most dependable player on the defense as well. Once they traded him, it looked like the defense wasn’t the same and they didn’t have their swagger like always. Also they lost their second best player on the offense and the best and the best tight end in the NFL, Rob Gronkowski. The people looked at that and took them from being Super Bowl favorites.
That didn’t stop them though, somehow they got it together and became that great defense again. I also feel the patriots got help on the way with Derek Carr of the Raiders getting hurt because they were Super Bowl favorites. I wouldn’t say they had the easiest road to the Super Bowl but they got real lucky with the games they played in the playoffs to get there. Houston was their first game and it wasn’t going to be an easy one. Houston had the best defense in the NFL, and they offense can put up points on any play. That still didn’t slow down the Patriots, they put up 34 points on them as the defense stepped up to the challenge and only allowed 16 points. The test got even harder the next week when they had Big Ben and the Steelers coming to town. The Steelers was on the best offensive teams in the NFL and was averaging about thirty something points a game. On January 22, 2017, that wasn’t the case as the red hot Patriots held them to 17 points. The defense came up big. Lastly, the offense put up 36 points on a healthy Steelers defense. The new England Patriots are Super Bowl favorites and if they win, it will be the first franchise with nine Super Bowl appearances. Tom Brady will go down as the greatest quarterback to ever play the game.