In 1972, the Miami Dolphins won their 14th game on this date, completing their perfect season. Today they won their first game of the 2007 season, and the New England Patriots won their 14th game to keep their record perfect. As the NFL now has a 16-game season, perfection has two more games to go!
The weather was frightful: snowing, sleeting and raining. Tom Brady and the offense were not sharp today, but the defense came up big with plays and a defensive touchdown by Eugene Wilson after Richard Seymour sacked the Jet QB and caused an interception. The Patriots’ special teams botched a play that led to a New York TD, but also made a big play that swung the momentum back to them.
Gillette Stadium was nearly full despite the Iditarod-like quality of trying to get there. The seats were mostly scooped out from the snow, unlike a game four years ago when fans had to sit on top of snowbanks where their seats were, but New England football fans are a hardy bunch. They brought the shovels and scrapers that reside in their cars from September to May and dug out their seats.
While I would have liked the Patriots to have put up 70 points on the Jets, I’ll take the win! :)
And the post-game handshake between Bill Belichick and Eric Mangini? Bill was smiling happily and said, "Good game, Eric" and that was it. Much ado about nothing, media! :)
Next week the 1972 Miami Dolphins will be in Foxboro to see if the Patriots continue their unbeaten streak against the 2007 Miami Dolphins. Should be an interesting game! :)