It was January, 2002 and I was in a casino in Tupelo, Mississippi with my friend TJ. I was the only Patriot fan in the entire place and walked in to watch the Patriots play the Raiders in the playoffs, in a blizzard at Foxboro. I didn't give us much of a shot....until Charles Woodson hit Tom Brady causing what I thought was a fumble....and then, we learned the phrase "Tuck Rule". Adam V. wins the game with a kick through the snow. Patriots win the Super Bowl vs. the Greatest Show on Turf with another Adam kick after Tom lead the team into position. 1 of 3.
Tonight is January 14, 2007 and I'm in Philadelphia, Pa - again alone watching my team in the playoffs vs. San Diego (I was suppose to be in Omaha but couldn't fly to Detriot for my connection). My team was down by 8 points with about 6 minutes to play. Tom Brady again is trying to lead his team to victory when he gets picked off for the 3rd time. McCree for San Diego has the ball and tries to make a play. All of a sudden, Mr. Everything for the Pats over this run, Troy Brown comes up huge. Mr. WR, CB, Safety, Running Back poked the ball away and the Patriots somehow recover. New England score 6 and then 2. Game tied at 21.
Was there any question Tom Brady was going to lead his team to victory? A 30 yard FG for the Pats by rookie Stephen Gostkowski put them up by 3. Adam who? is the main question now. Yes, an Iowa kid had a shot with a 54 yard FG attempt fall short...but come on - Brady Magic wasn't going to allow that kick to go through.
Final - Pats 24 Chargers 21.
Amazing win. Amazing game. They weren't the best team on paper but they were on the field today thanks to their California born QB. Now, it's on to Indy and Peyton Manning....Brady in a Dome. Bill vs. Peyton. I like our chances...but will pick us to lose of course.
I am now 1-11 picking the Patriots to lose in the playoffs with Brady. I look forward to being wrong again on Sunday! For the record, I was 1-3 this weekend on picks. Should be fun next weekend.