The dust has settled and to the delight of New Englanders and New Yorkers a like they will be looking forward to a rematch of the Superbowl 42, This maybe not to the delight of the rest of the country. There will be plenty of Superbowl hype over the next two weeks but yesterdays Championship Games were about as entertaining as you can get with ghosts and goats a like.
In New England it was strange that Tom Brady wasn’t the best Quarterback at Gillette Stadium yesterday Joe Flaaco was. In Brady’s own words he said he sucked. A bad defense was a good defense and kid who is all pro kicker was put in a position to earn his money, many in these parts thought perhaps Myra Kraft reached down from the heavens and maybe tipped off line. The reality is a steady footed kick simply shanked one. Was it nerves was it just a miss that he pushed the wrongway. We will never know other than to guess,
Perhaps the more important thing was If LeeEvans holds on Billy Cundif isn’t put in that position . But as the Ravens said after the game they simply didn’t make enough plays to win. It wasn’t one guy or another. The team that had reputation for their crass walked out of Gillette Stadium with class. I’m Patriots fan always have been always will be. I have sat in that stadium and the old Foxboro Stadium when you went to games just to see guys play for other teams. There are teams I dislike and there are teams I respect. I found new respect for the Baltimore Ravens yesterday who played as hard of fought football game as anyone and they left Gillette Stadium with their heads held high as they should have.
The patriots weren’t there normal high powered offense. Brady just was on and apologized to the owner afterward. He used the tight ends his bread and butter like he was on a diet using both sparingly.he used them as tight ends and it helped control that Baltimore defense. As Patriot fan at the game the emotions were going up and down like a roller coaster at Six Flags. The one guy who stepped it up was Vince Wilfork who played like he was ona mission and he was. The guy had his best game as a Patriot and that also helped the Patriots survive the win.
In San Francisco Kyle Williams may have reached goat status fumbling a punt in the 4th quarter and letting Jacquian Williams of the Giants strip a punt in overtime. One Williams will be a goat the other a hero. Eli Manning has done what he has been doing all year just passing the ball. Good Giant defense vs a good Niner defense worked into a great football game. The Giants go the Superbowl to play the Patriots.
A few twist turns a break here or there nad it was just as easily been the Ravens and the Niners. Championship Weekend was marked by 4 teams all deserving to be call Champs.
Believe me I’m a glad the Patriots are going but realize it could have been the Ravens.