In the end, the Patriots were left with Tom Brady and seventy-three seconds. In the end, that was enough to defeat the undefeated New Orleans Saints. When Kenbrell Thompkins came down with that ball in the end zone, I nearly lost it. Ok, I did lose it. I've been known to get more than a little crazy during big moments for the Pats, but this victory got me particularly amped up. It wasn't just about getting to 5-1, or beating the Saints and Drew Brees. This win was about pure pride. I was proud of Tom Brady. I was proud of Kenbrell, and Aaron, and Julian, and Austin, and the amazing defense this team played all afternoon. After weeks and weeks of hearing how they weren't good enough. After a poor, poor showing last week that left even myself doubting if they were ready to tackle a team as good as the Saints, the Patriots displayed the resolve and determination that has come to define this organization. In that moment, I was as proud as I've even been to be a fan of the New England Patriots.
Post-season games aside, I'm having a hard time remembering a game that got me as pumped up as yesterday's.
2012's overtime comeback against the Jets? Nope.
2011's victory of Rob Ryan's Cowboys? Nope.
2010's overtime win against the Ravens? Close, but nope.
2009's opener against Buffalo where Brady came back after his injury and threw two touchdowns in the final two minutes to win? Closer, but not quite.
2008's come from behind win in Seattle to keep the playoff hopes alive? No.
2007's narrow win against Baltimore? Or how about the frantic win over the Giants to secure the undefeated 16-0 record? I think we've found our winners here.
Games like these are why we tune in every week. It's why I'm deathly afraid to miss a game. You only get a one high like this every season, maybe two if you're lucky. Wins as meaningful as yesterdays happen only once or twice per decade. And you know what? Seeing Rex Ryan's doppleganger moan on the sidelines after Brady's perfect game-winning throw was just icing on the cake!
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