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Wilfork: “We haven’t had a team like this in a while”

Mayo celebrates with Slater and Wilfork after he made an interception to help seal a win against the Washington Redskins during the second half of their NFL football game in Landover, Maryland Reuters

The Patriots won the AFC East this year for the third straight time since Tom Brady returned from ACL surgery.

They lost in their first home playoff game to end the last two seasons, but the team’s defensive leaders believe something is different about this year’s squad.

“To be honest with you, this isn’t the same team from the previous years,” Jerod Mayo said. Wednesday via the Boston Herald. “I think this team is mentally tough. And you know, a playoff game in itself is motivation. So we’re pretty motivated.

While New England’s defensive stats are poor, we think we know what Mayo is getting at. The Patriots have won in a variety of different ways this season. They have had more come from behind victories and fourth quarters where they came through.

Even the maligned defense has done a nice job of making big plays when they absolutely needed.

“I love having this team. This team shows me a lot each week. This team never gets too down, never gets too high,” nose tackle Wilfork said. “The character of this team is amazing. We haven’t had a team like this in a while. Hopefully we can finish this thing up and get to where we want to be . . . with this team, I love my chances with this team.”

In the last two playoff appearances, New England has not responded well to adversity. Both the Ravens and Jets hit New England in the mouth the last two years, and they never truly fought back.

“I think the tougher the game gets, the more settled we get,” Wilfork said of this year’s team.

Potentially having to beat Pittsburgh and Baltimore in back-to-back weeks would be pretty tough. Right or wrong, this Patriots team seems to have a not-so-quiet confidence they can get it done.

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  1. daysend564 says: Jan 5, 2012 2:32 PM

    You’ll still get knocked out by the Ravens, so in some ways it is the same.

  2. weepingjebus says: Jan 5, 2012 2:34 PM

    Hoping for the best, but the way the secondary gives up yards makes me queasy. On the plus side, Tom Freakin’ Brady.

  3. ottograham says: Jan 5, 2012 2:38 PM

    I have seen suchan average New England team in a long time myself.

  4. mjbulls45 says: Jan 5, 2012 2:38 PM

    what do u mean, u went 14-2 last year

    all was gravy until Welker decided to open his mouth and make foot jokes

    then Rex Ryan came in there and beat you at home

    with Mark Sanchez, and Belicheck had almighty Brady

    give props to Rex Ryan, yes he talks a lot, yes he does not back it up, but seriously…

    its handicapped, hes going in with Sanchez as starting QB and Belicheck has Brady

    is that fair?

    its like bringing a knife to a gun fight, pen to a test, yea we know the rest jay-z…

  5. cubano76 says: Jan 5, 2012 2:39 PM

    No kidding?!?! Your def actually blows this year big guy.

  6. texansfan2011 says: Jan 5, 2012 2:39 PM

    Welcome back Pat’s and their loyal fan base, and stand on the side and shut up all you band wagoners (sp) you have to watch their games not just the scoreboard to be a true fan. Yes I’m a true Texans fan at heart, but also respect and admire the Pat’s. They are a great team and are fun to watch. But if it comes down to the Pat’s vs Texans for a Super Bowl berth…….. Go Texans……………….

  7. tombradyallday says: Jan 5, 2012 2:40 PM

    i am a pats fan and i just have three words for the team this post season GET IT DONE. its time to shut the media up about this team being a fraud. LETS GET THE TROPHY

  8. grpatriot says: Jan 5, 2012 2:41 PM

    Keep believing the D is garbage…….Got a good feeling about this years version of the Pats!

  9. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Jan 5, 2012 2:43 PM

    DEFENSE a liability, out in the first round!!

  10. jessethegreat says: Jan 5, 2012 2:45 PM

    Tommy Brady hasn’t had the best tight end in football before either. Bledsoe had Big Ben Coates, but GRONK is such an explosive player

  11. BTC says: Jan 5, 2012 2:46 PM

    Wilfork: “We haven’t had a team like this in awhile.”

    Everyone else: You mean a team with no defense? Agreed.

  12. kmkhaine says: Jan 5, 2012 2:46 PM

    They might beat pittsburgh
    They can’t stop Rice
    As long as Webb is in b-more D will slow Brady enough. The only thing that might stop the Ravens is Pittsburgh.

    Even that seems unlikely.

  13. ud1hens says: Jan 5, 2012 2:47 PM

    Their offense is undoubtedly a true force. However their defense cannot get away with spotting opponents big leads live they have the past two weeks. Getting down 2 or more scores to Baltimore and Pittsburgh is more than playing with fire.

  14. ravenator says: Jan 5, 2012 2:47 PM

    doubtful how many teams with losing records did they play

  15. 1historian says: Jan 5, 2012 2:47 PM

    We’ll see.

    Go Pats!

  16. bozosforall says: Jan 5, 2012 2:48 PM

    Mayo is correct…there hasn’t been a Pats team like the ones that won* those Super Bowls. Particularly ones that could benefit from the Spygate cameras.

    So, get ready for another one and done!

    Thumbs down if you are a whiny widdle Pats fan.

  17. devastationinc says: Jan 5, 2012 2:49 PM

    ME: “You haven’t beat a plus .500 team team in a while either”

  18. somekat says: Jan 5, 2012 2:49 PM

    Aren’t these 2 of the guys who got beat up, then didn’t fight back the last 2 years?

    Seems to me like they are trying to convince themselves.

    The Pats have 1 chance, Brady outscores the opposition

  19. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 5, 2012 2:49 PM

    “While New England’s defensive stats are poor”

    Another clueless statement by Rosenthal about the Pats. They should never let you write about this team.

    Yes yards given up per game is poor, but points per game is 15th in the league not bad not great, and for takeaways they are at or near the top of the league with 23 INTs and 10 forced fumbles/11 fumbles recovered.

    You’re supposed to be a professional at this Rosenthal. Do your research and stop making statements out your ass. The Pats aren’t 13-3 just because of the offense, they have also made a lot of good plays on the ball for defense.

  20. nyjalleffingday says: Jan 5, 2012 2:51 PM

    But…but…you guys had a team with all offense and no defense last year, too.

  21. rc33 says: Jan 5, 2012 2:51 PM

    After all these horrific first quarters, N.E.’s defense DOES seem to settle down a bit as the game goes on (49 unanswered points last week.)
    They finished 19th in points allowed and tied for 2nd in the NFL in interceptions; they’re a sieve defensively for sure but they do progressively improve after these ugly starts.

    I dunno; it’s gonna be tough sledding for the Patriots but all these other AFC playoff teams are certainly flawed as well.
    We’ll find out next weekend if the 2011 Pats are actually “mentally tougher” than the prior two seasons.

  22. dukemarc says: Jan 5, 2012 2:53 PM

    One and done, unless they get Cincy, then the Ravens or Steelers will knock them out…..again.

  23. snoilog says: Jan 5, 2012 2:53 PM

    Wilfork: “We haven’t had a team like this in a while”

    Yep you’re right

    your D BLOZ and hasn’t in a long time

    Hows was that Hainsworth signing?

  24. xxshookonexx says: Jan 5, 2012 2:54 PM

    As a Pats fan, i’m scared

  25. jnbnet says: Jan 5, 2012 2:54 PM

    They are near (or at) the top in the plus minus. They are near the middle of the pack in points allowed. They are near the top in points scored. The thing that sets them apart this year is that they simply don’t panic. They can fall behind, and they just get up and go to work. I like their chances.

  26. ytrain says: Jan 5, 2012 2:54 PM

    Does he mean a team with absolutely no defense at all and one that should get eaten alive by Drew Brees or Aaron GODgers if it happens to be lucky enough to advance to the Super Bowl?

  27. kacapaco says: Jan 5, 2012 2:56 PM

    As much as the D makes my stomach sick, there are times I love the unit. I hope the DBs are not made to stand 12 yards away from the line of scrimmage in 3rd and 2 down.

  28. habsman says: Jan 5, 2012 2:57 PM

    Well lets see now. 13-3 regular season and top seed in AFC……..They must be cheating right?

    So how are they doing it? And why haven’t they been caught? Best winning percentage in the league since 2006. Come on people, how are they cheating?

  29. swinbun says: Jan 5, 2012 2:58 PM

    The Pats have become the Colts of the early to mid 2000′s. All offense and no defense. Soft, finesse, and not tough. Put up huge offensive numbers and then fizzle in the playoffs. In other words, all the things that they used to make fun of!!!! LOL

  30. jnbnet says: Jan 5, 2012 3:00 PM

    bozosforall says:
    Jan 5, 2012 2:48 PM

    Thumbs down if you are a whiny widdle Pats fan.

    ———————————————————
    Whiny widdle? The only ones whining on this site are the envious anti Patriot haters.

  31. habsman says: Jan 5, 2012 3:02 PM

    @nyjalleffinday and bozo,

    What time is the Jets game this weekend?

  32. bosfaninva says: Jan 5, 2012 3:02 PM

    The Pats offense is second in PPG, the defense is average in PPG, and the team is near the top in turnover margin.

    But you Pats haters keep relying on those YPG rankings, which don’t break out “garbage time” yard.

  33. 8man says: Jan 5, 2012 3:03 PM

    Even in the years they won Super Bowls, and the one they lost, the Patriots defense has wilted in the fourth quarter.

    Fourteen late against the Rams(NE led 17-3). Nineteen against the Panthers(NE led 21-10). Seven late against the Eagles and finally, fourteen against the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.

    In fact, they blew an 18 point lead to the Colts in the 2006 AFC Title game (NE led 21-3). That one actually was a record. There have been other let downs, but these are the most notable. And those we instances where the Patriot defense was respected.

    I don’t know where I’m going with this other than that offense had better be prepared to score something every time it hits the field.

  34. riverace19 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:03 PM

    Does Wilfork mean a “team like this” that has little chance of winning in the playoffs? Down 21-0 against Buffalo at home.
    Good luck beantown.

  35. trh33 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:04 PM

    Ravens fan who is talking about how many below .500 teams that Pats have faced? Just as many as your team, and we won more of them.

    The Pats D is not good, but they still have Brady and as long as he is back there, we have more than just a chance.

    Any Niners fans that think their team will win it all this year are kidding themselves. I would take the Pats and their terrible D over Alex Smith and his Niners any day.

    Go Pats!

  36. flash1283 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:05 PM

    bozosforall says:
    Jan 5, 2012 2:48 PM
    Mayo is correct…there hasn’t been a Pats team like the ones that won* those Super Bowls. Particularly ones that could benefit from the Spygate cameras.

    So, get ready for another one and done!

    Thumbs down if you are a whiny widdle Pats fan.

    ———
    And it wouldn’t be a Patriots thread without SUPER TROLL BOY!

    How about YOUR Jets….

  37. bosfaninva says: Jan 5, 2012 3:05 PM

    “Hows was that Hainsworth signing?”

    Hey idiot, the Pats are 8-0 since the “Hainsworth” cutting.

  38. gdeli says: Jan 5, 2012 3:06 PM

    that what the vikings said…ha

  39. flash1283 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:07 PM

    nyjalleffingday says:
    Jan 5, 2012 2:51 PM
    But…but…you guys had a team with all offense and no defense last year, too.

    ——-

    But…but.. “Rex is going to get us a Super Bowl”.

  40. nflovercollegefb says: Jan 5, 2012 3:08 PM

    Please, stop with the Ravens BS!

    Quality teams don’t get blown out at Tennessee after man-handling the Steelers, The don’t lose at Jacksonville and Seattle period and they don’t get blown out by a mediocre San Diego team late in the season with playoff seeding on the line, that los cost the Ravens home field.

    Yes the Pats have something to prove and I believe they will come February 5.

  41. supashug says: Jan 5, 2012 3:08 PM

    If the Pats draw the Ravens they are screwed, Brady is still seeing nightmares of their last HOME playoff against them. Only this time Baltimores defense is better and so is there offense.

  42. wte1 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:08 PM

    New England’s defense is a lot tougher with Patrick Chung now back from injury.

    Point blank.

  43. southpaw2k says: Jan 5, 2012 3:08 PM

    Vince, you and your teammates can afford to fall behind teams like the Dolphins and Bills by two or three scores because they don’t have the leadership or muscle to keep toe to toe with the Patriots for four quarters. If you fell behind the Ravens or Steelers by 17-7 in the second quarter, the game would essentially be over. Brady would throw a fit every time Suggs, Harrison, or Woodley got in his face (which is still super entertaining to me), and once again your season ends prematurely.

    It’s great that the Patriots are relevent every season, but their dynasty definitely ended four years ago.

  44. ihateyoujeff says: Jan 5, 2012 3:11 PM

    The only AFC team that has a chance to win the Super Bowl is Baltimore.

  45. bradyisbetterthanrodgers says: Jan 5, 2012 3:14 PM

    @ nyjalleffingday

    nice to hear from u. happy 43rd anniversary!! have fun watching the patriots make a deep run in the playoffs while the yets are sitting on the couch planning their 44th anniversary next year!

  46. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 5, 2012 3:17 PM

    All you commenters are onto something. The Pats need an elite defense to be Super Bowl contenders…

    You know, like the one the Packers have…

  47. ampats says: Jan 5, 2012 3:18 PM

    Love all the Ravens fans talking smack.

    How many times in the HISTORY of the Ravens franchise have they beaten the Patriots?

    Once,Ravens history vs Patriots 1-6

    Funny how everyone brings up the Pats D but no one mentions GB’s which is statiscally worst.

    Hang onto the memories, one and done,28-21

    This is 2011/2012 and the Patriots are the best team in the AFC!

  48. wcucarter says: Jan 5, 2012 3:25 PM

    They’ll have to beat the Bengals to get a shot at Baltimore or Pittsburgh.

  49. ralphtherealravenfan says: Jan 5, 2012 3:35 PM

    The only really good defensive team they played was Pittsburgh, and they got housed. The game wasn’t as close as the final score. Tom Brady can put up points on most teams. But a really good defensive team takes away their quick slants and keeps both their safeties over top of their tight ends. Both their playoff losses the past couple years had little to do with the Pats defense. It had everything to do with the Ravens and Jets defense confusing Brady and hitting him. The Steelers did the same this year. They played press coverage and nobody could get open. Cincinatti, Baltimore, or Pittsburgh, 3 top 10 defenses, will give New England real problems.

  50. portnoychunk says: Jan 5, 2012 3:39 PM

    kmkhaine says: Jan 5, 2012 2:46 PM

    They might beat pittsburgh
    They can’t stop Rice
    As long as Webb is in b-more D will slow Brady enough. The only thing that might stop the Ravens is Pittsburgh.

    Even that seems unlikely.

    ^^^^^

    At the end of the day, the Ravens lost to Jacksonville, so I wouldn’t be overconfident there guy.

  51. knn9413 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:40 PM

    Please win at least 1 game so that everyone can be shut up !!

  52. kuantan97 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:48 PM

    Always love listening to the know-nothing pundits who crown their October champs based solely upon QB’s padding their stats against mediocre to downright awful defenses.

  53. bosfaninva says: Jan 5, 2012 3:49 PM

    “They’ll have to beat the Bengals to get a shot at Baltimore or Pittsburgh.”

    Ohhh, all the teams that could face the Bungles are quaking in their boots.

  54. cornersportsnet says: Jan 5, 2012 3:53 PM

    They will have to score 45 a game to get to the super bowl

  55. pwillis52 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:55 PM

    You won’t be getting past my team Tom (the beauty pageant contestant) Brady.

    I’m about to teach you the meaning of smash-mouth football son.

  56. daysend564 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:05 PM

    @Patskrieig and ampats…

    Not to worry, the Packers won’t be there either if it makes you feel any better.

  57. jessethegreat says: Jan 5, 2012 4:09 PM

    My call at the beginning of the year was Pats vs. Packers 2.0 in the Super Bowl.
    The two best qb’s in the game. Both completely under-rated defenses. So what if they both give up a lot of yards? They both force a lot of turnovers and generally score more points than their opponents. Not to mention both defenses often go into prevent mode in the 3rd and 4th quarters because they’ve built up sizeable leads.

  58. flash1283 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:11 PM

    southpaw2k says:
    Jan 5, 2012 3:08 PM
    Vince, you and your teammates can afford to fall behind teams like the Dolphins and Bills by two or three scores because they don’t have the leadership or muscle to keep toe to toe with the Patriots for four quarters. If you fell behind the Ravens or Steelers by 17-7 in the second quarter, the game would essentially be over. Brady would throw a fit every time Suggs, Harrison, or Woodley got in his face (which is still super entertaining to me), and once again your season ends prematurely.

    It’s great that the Patriots are relevent every season, but their dynasty definitely ended four years ago.

    Yeah like when they were down by 10 to the Ravens last season at the start of the 4th qrt and the Patriots came back and won.

    The Ravens lost to Seatle , Jacksonville and got smoked by the Chargers.

    But yeah the Patriots would have no chance, you know because Baltimore beat them 2 years ago.

  59. mike83ri says: Jan 5, 2012 4:12 PM

    2009 – Welker MIA from torn ACL.
    2010 – Welker benched for foot jokes.

    With Welker ready to go for a full game and the development of Gronk and Hernandez, this team will be a LOT better prepared.

  60. ytsejamer1 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:14 PM

    This team has a bunch of scrappy guys…most of which have no business starting on an NFL team. I like how they’ve been able to adjust and come back and get things done.

    Can they be beat? Sure they can. Can they beat anyone? Sure they can.

    If they play smart, and play tough football, they’ll be in good shape. Unfortunately, they’re playing teams that don’t really give the ball away. That’s how they’ve made their beans on the defensive side, not by batting passes away and getting three and outs.

    The field is pretty wide open this year…everyone has some type of weakness.

    As for Wilfork’s comment…it’s good he doesn’t have the memory that fans do. I saw a team with a great offense and terrible defense last year too…and the year before that… Nonetheless…here’s hoping!!! GO PATS!

  61. bostonsports11 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:15 PM

    I love all these big bad ravens fans talking about how the ravens always handle the Patriots because of 1 year. I just looked at the schedule and the ravens lost to the Seahawks, Jags and Chargers on the road…not getting any easier in NE fellas…

    And Bozo, love hearing your intelligent argument as usual about spygate…Keep talking about it because it makes you looks like an idiot Jets fan. By the way, who are they playing Sunday????

  62. jessethegreat says: Jan 5, 2012 4:20 PM

    I find it funny how Pats and Packers articles bring out all the haiters. They are two very similar teams:

    Both are teams built thru the draft.
    Both have very good if not great coaches.
    Both teams are envied by the rest of the league.
    Both teams will represent their respective conferences in the Super Bowl.
    Both teams qb’s were leading pro bowl vote getters.
    Neither team will have a player in the pro bowl this year.
    Both teams dismantled their divisions this year.
    Both teams have a Super Bowl MVP QB.

  63. thetruth1313 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:21 PM

    Ahhh…where to begin about the defense sucking? Are they the greatest? No and no one is claiming that.

    Who cares what the yardage allowed is! Does the other team get bonus points cause they got 400 yards of offense? Fact of the matter is, the defense is 15th in points allowed. A new figure came out that if the Patriots gave up a total of 14 points less this year (meaning the crappy 14 points the Colts got when the Patriots pretended to play defense when the game was pretty much in the books), the would actually be in the TOP 10 for POINTS ALLOWED!

    I am not worried about any team that is in the hunt in the AFC. Each team has their flaws but thats why the games are played!

  64. steelersownyou says: Jan 5, 2012 4:21 PM

    I hope steelers play baltimore next…afc championship steelers vs patriots would be pretty awesome!

  65. flapjackdaddy says: Jan 5, 2012 4:26 PM

    Old QBs don’t win SBs. Seriously, they don’t. Look it up. Only like two QBs over 30 have ever won a SB.

    The last two playoff games he’s played in, Tom Brady has looked slow, old, cold and outmatched. Combine that with the ‘defense’ they’re playing and I don’t have very high expectations for the Pats.

  66. mistrezzrachael says: Jan 5, 2012 4:28 PM

    bozosforall says:
    Jan 5, 2012 2:48 PM
    Mayo is correct…there hasn’t been a Pats team like the ones that won* those Super Bowls. Particularly ones that could benefit from the Spygate cameras.

    So, get ready for another one and done!

    Thumbs down if you are a whiny widdle Pats fan.

    BOZO…So, who are your jets playing this weekend??

    Your jets…as in 2 division titles, zero AFC championships, ZERO SB’S [ except in your talk]…and less than 1/3 of the playoof wins either Buffalo/Miami has,,,in last 40 YEARS.

    YOUR team is ranked 5th worst of alltime…because they’ve done nothing but talk…

    Just as Jenkins says little puppy sanchez needs ‘to grow some’…you need to at least grow something there.

    happy 43rd anniversary clown

  67. havok82 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:28 PM

    The Pats can easily stop Ray Rice. The 2009 debacle was an aberration. The Pats came off losing Welker for the year and the guys on that team didn’t tackle. Merriweather isn’t here anymore to act like a matador. Chung will hit you. McCourty playing safety will hit you.

    The yardage numbers suck, but this team was middle of the pack in points allowed. The “vaunted” Saints defense is only .2 points per game better. The Pats can score on anyone.

    Wilfork is right. There is a different vibe this year. Last year, it was how they didn’t turn the ball over and created so many turnovers on defense. This year, it’s all negative. The Pats always operated best with a chip on their shoulder and people doubting them. I like being somewhat of an underdog.

  68. southpaw2k says: Jan 5, 2012 4:39 PM

    bostonsports11 says:
    Jan 5, 2012 4:15 PM
    I love all these big bad ravens fans talking about how the ravens always handle the Patriots because of 1 year. I just looked at the schedule and the ravens lost to the Seahawks, Jags and Chargers on the road…not getting any easier in NE fellas…

    And Bozo, love hearing your intelligent argument as usual about spygate…Keep talking about it because it makes you looks like an idiot Jets fan. By the way, who are they playing Sunday????

    ————————————————-

    I’m not saying the Ravens “always” handle the Patriots, and I’m well aware the overall record between the two clubs. I also haven’t forgotten the Ravens’ four losses during the regular season. I’m saying the Patriots are beatable, including at home. You’re talking like the Pats would steamroll past whoever has to come into their building throughout the playoffs. That’s a bunch of baloney. They have their weaknesses just as much as any other team in the AFC does this season. If the Ravens have to go to Foxborough in the AFC Championship, I’d be feeling very confident as a Ravens fan in that matchup (barring a significant injury to a key player, that is).

  69. patpatriotagain says: Jan 5, 2012 4:40 PM

    not for nothing but the pats D is 3rd in takeaways – that has to count for something

  70. phinfan says: Jan 5, 2012 4:45 PM

    … you mean a sucky defense?

  71. swinbun says: Jan 5, 2012 4:45 PM

    flapjackdaddy wrote:

    Old QBs don’t win SBs. Seriously, they don’t. Look it up. Only like two QBs over 30 have ever won a SB.

    The last two playoff games he’s played in, Tom Brady has looked slow, old, cold and outmatched. Combine that with the ‘defense’ they’re playing and I don’t have very high expectations for the Pats.
    —————————————————-
    Actually, there have been 22 SB winning quarterbacks who were 30 or older at the time of their victory…….not sure where you got your facts or how much you follow the game.

  72. patsmonster says: Jan 5, 2012 4:48 PM

    Baltimore. Yuk

  73. dmc1542 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:55 PM

    Does anyone remember Baltimore-San Diego a few weeks ago? Apparently the ppl saying Brady has no chance against the Ravens D missed that one.

  74. flapjackdaddy says: Jan 5, 2012 5:02 PM

    swinbun says: Jan 5, 2012 4:45 PM

    flapjackdaddy wrote:

    Old QBs don’t win SBs. Seriously, they don’t. Look it up. Only like two QBs over 30 have ever won a SB.

    The last two playoff games he’s played in, Tom Brady has looked slow, old, cold and outmatched. Combine that with the ‘defense’ they’re playing and I don’t have very high expectations for the Pats.
    —————————————————-
    Actually, there have been 22 SB winning quarterbacks who were 30 or older at the time of their victory…….not sure where you got your facts or how much you follow the game.
    ————————————-
    Sorry, the statistic is only Elway has done it since 1994. No need to question if I follow football. Before ’94, not so much, I give you that.

  75. sbelig says: Jan 5, 2012 5:03 PM

    Please, keep on disbelieving. And when you walk out of Foxboro with your head squarely up your arse then you’ll realize you shouldn’t have taken them so lightly.

  76. patsfiend says: Jan 5, 2012 5:08 PM

    It must feel good for @nyjalleffinday @bozos to finally get a Pats string to troll on a bit and make spygate jokes. Bozos, I’m disappointed you couldn’t come up with an equally effective gay joke about Brady. You’re letting me down. I know it’s been a tough week / 43 years for you guys, though, so we’ll give you a break.

    As for the Pats, I like their chances in the AFC. Baltimore and Pitt fans need to get real, if the Pats play either of those teams they are favored, even if it were in Baltimore or Pittsburgh. Congrats on your one win 2 years ago, Baltimore, and your one (turns out) meaningless win this year, Pittsburgh. Great job.

    If the Pats do make it to the Superbowl… maybe they would have a shot against Green Bay, buy I think NO would kill them. I don’t see any way they stop Rodgers or Brees from throwing for 350 and 3 td’s on them, maybe in the first half. These next two games will tell, though… Go PATS!

  77. joker65 says: Jan 5, 2012 5:12 PM

    flapjackdaddy says:
    Jan 5, 2012 4:26 PM
    Old QBs don’t win SBs. Seriously, they don’t. Look it up. Only like two QBs over 30 have ever won a SB.

    The last two playoff games he’s played in, Tom Brady has looked slow, old, cold and outmatched. Combine that with the ‘defense’ they’re playing and I don’t have very high expectations for the Pats.

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    34. Kurt Warner- 28

    35. Trent Dilfer- 28

    36. Tom Brady- 24

    37. Brad Johnson- 34

    38. Tom Brady-26
    39. Tom Brady-27
    40. Ben Roethlisberger-23
    41. Peyton Manning-30
    42. Eli Manning- 27
    43. Ben Roethlisberger – 26

    I count 21 over 30…..thats roughly half……thanks for playing…..

  78. zimaman says: Jan 5, 2012 5:23 PM

    ?

  79. rc33 says: Jan 5, 2012 5:28 PM

    flapjackdaddy wins the prize.

    That was quite honestly the most absurd statement the internet has ever seen.
    My favorite part was clearly “look it up.”

  80. wikidpissah says: Jan 5, 2012 5:30 PM

    The Pats’ defense is surely suspect. But they are 14th in points allowed and 31st in yardage. The Packers trail them in both categories.

    They are first in the AFC in take-aways and lead the conference in turnover ratio.

    Since 2000, when the Pats have a positive turnover ratio, their record is 107-4. Not bad.

    The Steelers are banged up and haven’t played the Pats well in a big game since the mid 90s. I’d be a lot more worried about the Ravens if the game was in Baltimore. They aren’t the same team on the road.

    The Pats may or may not win, but Wilfork is right, this group is resilient, and playing at home will help.

    There is no great team this year, and that includes the Packers, who are the best of this year’s crop.

    Unlike other years, every team in the playoffs has an Achilles heal and the team who plays toughest when the adversity hits (which it will) will win it.

  81. rushmatic says: Jan 5, 2012 5:40 PM

    Who can say what this team would do in the playoffs last year or the year before? It’s irrelevant.

    I’m just excited we have the opportunity and am hopeful that this team will overcome the negative hype as a TEAM and win it all.

    Think of the no-name 2001 squad — everyone was laughing then, too.

  82. j0esixpack says: Jan 5, 2012 6:52 PM

    You gotta love all these comments about how awful the Patriots are this year.

    The only stat that actually counts is the one that has them at 13-3 and the #1 seed in the AFC.

    If one focuses on Points Allowed the defense is top ten – but if the haters choose to focus on Yards Allowed the only team with a lower chance to win the Super Bowl according to such bright football minds would be Green Bay.

  83. marcuswelby70 says: Jan 5, 2012 7:29 PM

    Why is everyone talking about the Pats defense, when the Pack’s defense was even worse?
    All the pundints talk about the Pack repeating because of Rodgers and there explosive offense, and their defense is barely mentioned, but when those same experts talk about the Pats all they talk about is their poor defense.
    Go figure.

  84. altoonisgod says: Jan 6, 2012 6:11 AM

    We haven’t had a team like this in awhile.. “Matthew Slater and Julian Edelman line up at Safety”

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