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Week 17: New England Patriots 34, Buffalo Bills 20 (12-4) (Sunday, December 29, 2013)

The Patriots locked up the No. 2 seed with their win over Buffalo yesterday (Buffalo has never won a game in Gillette Stadium, which has been opened since 2002). For such a banged-up team, that’s a good thing to get the bye during Wild Card Weekend.

LeGarrette Blount was the man yesterday, running for 189 yards from scrimmage, scoring 2 touchdowns, and running for 145 yards as a punt returner. The all-purpose yards for a running back and punt returner set a franchise record (334 yards).

Julian Edelman went over 100 catches and 1,000 yards for the season. Wes who? ;)

It poured all day long. You could see the water splashing as guys were brought down. Tom had a decent day but it was definitely a day for running the ball. LeGarrette, Stevan Ridley, and Shane Vereen all had good days (with LeGarrette having an outstanding one). And LeGarrette is pretty big for a punt returner, over 200 pounds. He has pretty darned good speed for a big man!

Bill Belichick should get Coach of the Year with the job he's done with all these injuries, knocking out key players, and getting hit with the Hernandez thing in the spring that took away a prime player, and Gronk's physical problems, etc. But he won't get it. People expect him to work miracles every year.

In the salary cap era, the Patriots have won 11 out of 13 divisional titles and have gone to multiple AFC Championship Games and 5 Super Bowls, winning 3, all since 2000. That's unheard of in the NFL, where parity reigns supreme and being good every year doesn't happen. Just look at the Steelers, who are pathetic right now, and other teams taste success and then go to the bottom (see the Ravens). It's a tribute to BB's coaching ability and Tom's talent that they are double-digit winners every year and get in the playoffs with multiple ultimate successes.

The Jets beat the Dolphins, knocking them out of the playoffs, and of course the Bills lost, so here’s how the division ended up for 2013:

NE 12-4
Miami 8-8
NYJ 8-8
BUFF 6-10

The Patriots sit out Wild Card Weekend. In the NFL, there are 4 division winners and 2 wild card teams who make the playoffs from each conference, the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference, for a total of 12 teams out of 32, which is far better than ‘Everyone makes the playoffs’ mentality of basketball and hockey. The two best records of the division winners earn a bye during Wild Card Weekend. The survivors of the first weekend’s games meet the top division teams during Divisional Weekend, 4 teams from each conference playing as they do during Wild Card Weekend. The winners of these games move on to Championship Weekend, and 2 teams play in the AFC Championship Game and 2 in the NFC Championship Game. The winners earn a trip to the Super Bowl and a two-week rest/planning/hype period.

In the past there were sometimes only a week between the Championship Games and the Super Bowl but that was changed to permanently two weeks, with the exception in 2002 because every game was pushed back a week because of 9/11. There was only one week between the games that year.

So the Patriots made it into the Tournament with their ragtag fleet! Hopefully they make it to the Big Game but they’re playing with house money, anyway.

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dinahqueen
Dec. 31st, 2013 09:43 am (UTC)
The Patriots have done really solid despite what they're working with. I'm not going to lie, I still miss Welker. And it's almost painful to see him playing with Peyton fucking Manning. >.>

MY LIONS DECIDED TO JUST SUCK SOME SERIOUS ASS AFTER THE FIRST HALF OF THE SEASON.

Then my Ravens decided to fuck up too. (I'm really obsessed with Joe Flacco, don't mind me.)

But YAY PATS. At least my other team made it to the playoffs! :3
bradygirl_12
Dec. 31st, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
I still want Wes, too! Poor guy had to sit out due to concussion this year, though you KNOW he's had them in the past and somehow is back in there.

The Lions were total disappointments. They have tremendous talent but need discipline. They commit too many penalties that are just plain stupid.

The Ravens are very depleted compared to last year.

The Pats almost make a habit of making the playoffs every year. ;)
dinahqueen
Jan. 1st, 2014 05:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, don't you just want to slap Peyton. STOP GIVING OUR BABY CONCUSSIONS. I still fucking love Wes.

They definitely need discipline! They're not /stupid/, they're just undisciplined. x_x I think Stafford and his Offense and DEFINITELY our front four in defense are fucking fantastic.

And apparently, Flacco was fucking playing on a fucked up knee with a torn MCL. :/

:3 But hooray for the playoff Pats!
bradygirl_12
Jan. 1st, 2014 05:30 pm (UTC)
First year Wes ever sat out with a concussion. *shakes head*

It'll be interesting to see who the Ford family hires for the new coach. There were rumors about Bill O'Brien but he's probably headed to Houston.

Not surprised about Flacco.

Excited about the Pats! A home game doesn't guarantee a win (they've blown it at home before) but is a better chance than on the road. Now we just need to find out who the opponent is. :)
dinahqueen
Jan. 1st, 2014 07:49 pm (UTC)
Peyton doesn't deseeerve hiiim! >.> (I really don't like Peyton overly much. xD)

I'm really happy that they fired Schwartz, to be honest. I hope they'd able to pick up someone good. I saw O'Brien's name thrown around, but that was all speculation. I'd love to get someone like John Gruden or Tony Dungy although that's a pipe dream!

I DON'T KNOW MAN-- it's pretty annoying that a coach wouldn't make him sit out at that point. I love Joe a lot, but of course you're not going to win games playing with a torn MCL. :|

And yeah, I'm excited too! I heard a statistic that the Patriots, when they make the playoffs, they're more likely than other teams to make the Super Bowl; would love to see the Pats in the big game again!
bradygirl_12
Jan. 2nd, 2014 10:43 pm (UTC)
Peyton is annoying, and so are the media that fawn all over him.

Time for Schwartz to go!

Football players are crazy. Logan Mankins played a whole season with a torn ACL!

We are spoiled rotten with the Patriots, but we love it! ;)
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