By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
Thank goodness I can’t find a way to truly quantify how many years these Patriots Super Bowls have taken off my life. I’m estimating it adds up to multiple decades at this point.
Can they ever play a Super Bowl that doesn’t challenge my cardiac functionality?
I’m struck by just how close all these title games in the Brady-Belichick era have been. If a few scenarios played out slightly differently, you could argue the Patriots could be 9-0 or something closer to 3-6.
All things considered, 6-3 in Super Bowls seems like a fair result. In the end, they have deserved to win twice as many as they’ve lost.
The first three championships were all decided by field goals. The Pats were clearly the better team in all three of those games, but we all know the best team doesn’t always end up being the winning team.
Don’t get me started on Super Bowl XLII. I don’t need to rehash how that game could’ve played out differently. Nothing more needs to be said about it.
If Wes Welker makes that catch in Super Bowl XLVI, the Patriots would have won that game.
If Pete Carroll ran the ball on the goal line in Super Bowl XLIX, the Pats would have lost that game.
The Pats needed a perfect storm to pull off the greatest comeback in football history in Super Bowl LI. Had one tiny sequence gone differently in the fourth quarter of that game, the Patriots would have lost.
If the Patriots got one measly stop in last year’s Super Bowl against the Eagles, they would have won.
Sunday’s 13-3 win over the Rams is the first time a Belichick-Brady Super Bowl has been decided by more than one score, but to be totally honest, a 10-point margin seems too large for that game. It felt way closer than that.
They went from losing the highest scoring game in Super Bowl history to winning the lowest scoring Super Bowl ever. The results could have played out either way.
In the end, it’s all seemed to even out for the Pats. The difference between their wins and losses in these Super Bowls has been razor thin. Perhaps the individual results could have been different (again, 2007), but the final tally seems just about right.
6-3. Twice as many wins than losses. How sweet it is.
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