Patriots can do something not seen since the 1972 Dolphins

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The Patriots lost the Super Bowl last year and are back at the Super Bowl this year. That’s rare.

Even rarer is to lose the Super Bowl one year and then win it the next. In fact, the last team to do that was the 1972 Dolphins, who lost the Super Bowl after the 1971 season and then embarked on the only undefeated, untied championship season in NFL history. If the Patriots beat the Rams tomorrow, they’ll be the first team to win the Super Bowl the year after losing it since those Dolphins, 46 years ago.

Just getting to the Super Bowl after losing it is unusual enough, as Super Bowl losers often have disappointing seasons. The last team to get to the Super Bowl after losing it was the Bills, who lost four consecutive Super Bowls from the 1990 through 1993 seasons.

Whatever the reasons that Super Bowl losers so often underwhelm the next year, the Patriots have bucked the trend.

48 responses to “Patriots can do something not seen since the 1972 Dolphins

  1. You got that right Marcus ! I think one of the most epic things to see would be the patriots crushing the rams and then TB & BB both saying they’re done. leaving everyone to ponder what really drove 20 years of dominance. as a buffalo fan, no one is as annoyed by boston more than me, but their greatness is truly something special. I can’t wait for kickoff. now its time to bake the ham, make the lasagna, and get the booze, beer and pop chilled. I feel a sick day coming on tomorrow.

  2. This is the last run for Tom and Bill, better not choke! If BB benches Gilmore, or Brady fumbles away the last drive again, Roger will be impeached!

  3. But then going through the record books and quite frankly it’s become embarrassing how frequently patriots and Tom Brady appear.

    To draw a line in the sand regarding the debate about the greatest of all time, I suggest we use 1974 is our point of demarcation. It was at that point that the goal posts were moved from the goal line to the end line. This fundamentally and dramatically changed the game of football.

  4. Just another reminder of the significance of what the Bills accomplished with their four straight appearances. While the goal is certainly win and not just get there, it required a tremendous amount of talent, work and tenacity to keep climbing that mountain

  5. Let’s be a little honest here. This team was in a bit of a funk this year. There was infighting and a losing record on the road with horrible losses at non-playoff teams Detroit, Tennessee, Miami, Pittsburgh, and Jacksonville. These opponents got up for these games and the Patriots were flat and not themselves. The Patriots have been 13-3 and 14-2 during this last run and settled for 11-5 this year. To suggest that the Super Bowl loss did not effect them is just wrong. What the team was able to do was “flip the switch” making this run a bit improbable and a lot of fun for the fans.

  6. Hmmmm, last time the Patriots tried to match something only the ’72 dolphins had accomplished, they failed.

  7. Sounds like you admire your division rival more than the team you’re a fan of, all in Buffalo would be disappointed (the real buffalo fans anyway)

  8. Well then this gives New England another opportunity (undefeated season) to do something that only the ’72 Dolphins were able to do. Will they be able to do it? Or screw it up like they did last time?

  9. Phins did it partly thanks to the softest strength of opponent of any SB winner, a shorter season, all of “the Dirty Don” Shula’s tricks and forcing dangerous levels of painkillers on his players, and having broken NFL contract rules. And they didn’t have to worry about any parity rules (salary cap & free agency).

  10. The Patriots finished a regular season 16-0. Only team in the history of the National Football League to do it. The 72 Dolphins were not 16-0. 🙂

  11. As a Pats fan since 1993 when I was 8 years old. I used to live and die with this team emotionally every week. But when they won the SB against Atlanta, that was the pinnacle. Combined with them beating the Seahawks after all the deflategate bull, then Brady getting rail-roaded and they still went on to win it all and give Brady 5 and move onto GOAT status, that was the top of the mountain. Its still fun to watch them, but I can actually enjoy the games now. I will be with family today enjoying some good food, drink, and company. If it goes down like last year, I will be ok. If they win it all, even better. Go Pats, and hope everyone has a good one.

  12. In the future, a best-selling movie will FOREVER PRESERVE the excellence of this Great Football Team.

    New England Patriots and Tom Brady:

    PRIOR to DEFLATEGATE: 5 AFC Championships WINS and 3 Super Bowl WINS.

    AFTER DEFLATEGATE: 4 AFC Championships WINS, 2 Super Bowl WINS, and a fourth Super Bowl this week.

  13. Poor tragic dolphins fans. Guys, you’ve been waiting FORTY-SIX YEARS for something to Crow about….and you’re still waiting! But hold on, what’s this, an orange and tourquoise re-build? Re-build what another mediocre, loser of a team whose only glory years were decades ago and whose fans must resort to taking shots at truly great teams, just to feel relevant. Stick around, phishies. Witness greatness. The Pats own you and your dreams. Maybe you should consider beach volleyball to fill your lonely, championship-free, hate-you-‘cause-we-ain’t you days.

  14. Actually there was a string in the early 70s with this trend.

    Super Bowl 5: Cowboys lose
    Super Bowl 6: Cowboys beat Dolphins
    Super Bowl 7: Dolphins win

  15. I am not a Pats ( hate them) but as long as the BB-TB combo remains intact, the NE Patriots are a contender for the SB. Gotta hate it!

  16. Saying anything nice about Tom Brady or Bill Belichick or the Patriots is like finding the best fishing hole you ever found in your life. You know — as soon as you drop your line in it, you get a hit!
    The Brady/Belichicks/Pats haters are just like those fish. They hover around waiting for someone to drop a line with bait, and they pounce on it.
    Just watch how many of them take this bait and run with it!!!

  17. The Patriots were scratching their heads trying to figure it out for 30 years until BB and TB came along. Makes it pretty easy to figure out when you have the GOAT coach and GOAT QB.

  18. The Packers also won 3 championships in a row in 1929, 1930, and 1931. They are the only team to have won 3 championships in a row, and they did it twice (65, 66, and 67.
    In case you are interested, and most people including the media and aren’t because they think the NFL started with the Super Bowl — the Giants have appeared in the most championship games — 19. The Packers have 13 championship games, and are 4 and 1 in the Super Bowl.
    The NFL does a lousy job with their history. If it weren’t for NFL Films, it would be completely forgotten. And that’s a terrible thing to do to the guys who paved the way to what the NFL is today.

  19. Similarities: AFC East was very weak in 1972. Patriots, Bills and Colts had nothing (except a great game between Unitas and Namath with over 800 yards in passing, very rare for that time), Jets were 7-7. The best they faced were 8-6 Giants, 8-6 Chiefs, 7-7 Vikings. None of these teams made the playoffs that year. None were ascending except for the Vikings. You play who you play. But it sure was a weak schedule.

  20. nyneal says:
    February 3, 2019 at 10:55 am
    Packers won 3 championships in a row in the 60’s. No team has done that since.
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    I figured a packer fan would chime in with this type of irrelevance.
    How many teams were in the NFL? 15?
    And of course, the AFL teams were excluded from 1960 to 1966 seasons to make this claim.

    The Patriots are by far the NFLs biggest dynasty.

  21. The ’72 Dolphins and, especially, the ’70 Steelers would have taken any one of those Patriots teams apart. Dwight White and L.C. Greenwood would’ve had even a younger Brady looking like a pancake. Mean Joe and Ernie Holmes would’ve danced on his head. Gronk and Edelman wouldn’t have had a chance with Ham, Lambert, Blount and Donnie Shell patrolling the backfield. Shell single handedly knocked Earl Campbell out of a game, and Campbell was a beast.I won’t even bring their offense into it’, so as not to overpower the argument.

  22. “The Patriots were scratching their heads trying to figure it out for 30 years until BB and TB came along”

    Pats may have lost the Super Bowls in 85 and 96, but at least they made it to them. There are still several teams without a single SB appearance and several more who only made it once and lost.

  23. I admire what TB12 and BB have accomplished. It’s hard to do this for 18 years. They are the only holdovers from all their championships in that time. Epic.

    It’s also true they have been helped by an inept AFC East, with the other 3 teams making a grand total of 6 playoff appearances in 18 years. They can pretty much get 4 to 6 wins each season from their division alone. It’s not their fault, you play your schedule, but that division is pathetic. An extra 2 or 3 wins generally guarantees a playoff bye, which greatly aids a team in making the Super Bowl.

    Also, the AFC Conf has not been great either, with only 6 different teams making it to the Super Bowl in 18 years.

    The NFC has seen 12 different teams make the Super Bowl in those same 18 years.

    It should be noted in the last 18 Super Bowls the AFC has the edge 10-7. With that, 6 different NFC teams have won the Super Bowl, and 5 different AFC teams have won. This proves just how much better the Patriots have been over the AFC, in that they have carried the AFC to a winning record in Super Bowls over a time span when the conference has been less competitive.

  24. nyneal says:
    February 3, 2019 at 10:55 am
    Packers won 3 championships in a row in the 60’s. No team has done that since
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    NFL championships =/= Super Bowl

  25. nyneal says:
    February 3, 2019 at 10:54 am
    Saying anything nice about Tom Brady or Bill Belichick or the Patriots is like finding the best fishing hole you ever found in your life. You know — as soon as you drop your line in it, you get a hit!
    The Brady/Belichicks/Pats haters are just like those fish. They hover around waiting for someone to drop a line with bait, and they pounce on it.
    Just watch how many of them take this bait and run with it!!!
    ====================
    Great post!

  26. Didn’t even watch this game but congrats on the superbowl win pats fans, It must be like just another day for you guys winning championships.

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