Saturday, January 14, 2006
Black Saturday: Pat's Give it Away to Broncos 27-13
On a day when the defense was mighty and valiant, on a day when the offensive line owned the line of scrimmage, on a day when a tight end ran 100 yards from across the field a mile up in the atmosphere to cause a fumble by catching a cornerback from behind - on this day, the reigning champs became next years hopeful contenders.
On a day when the Patriots dominated the Denver offensive line like no one expected - for the first time since 1999 - the Patriots sent themselves home by repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot. In fact, they almost ran out of feet to shoot.
And so, the quest for the three-peat ends, not in glory but in missed opportunity. Not in an epic fight to the last, but a comedy of errors. But for this comedy, no one was left laughing.
Now, we - like so many fans in so many other cities - find solace "Wait until next year!" But still, we have great hope. The king is dead - long live the king!