The New England Patriots came into their Sunday night contest against the Denver Broncos knowing it would take a few odd, out-of-the-box kinds of plays to pull off the upset. They had no idea it would be as wild a game as they have seen in a long time. A game, in fact, that now has them believing they are the favorite to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.
Despite coming into the game with only three losses on the year, the Patriots were widely considered to be inferior to the Peyton Manning and the high-powered Broncos. Until last night, it looked like all they were playing for was the right to get blown out in Denver as they watched Manning and company celebrate an AFC Championship game win. Well, not anymore.
Now we know that the Patriots can play with the best in the league. They’ve been getting better as the year goes on, and now they have the kind of win that can give a team confidence and momentum down the stretch. One thing we’ve learned in the last few years is that the best team doesn’t always win the Super Bowl, but the team with the most confidence and momentum does. The Patriots, coming off such a big win, have the pole position on being that team right now.
Tom Brady and the Patriots are used to being the favorites. It’s a position they’ve been in through almost his entire illustrious career. This year, however, they’ve spent most of the season trying to prove to the football world that they deserve to be talked about in the same way that we talk about the Broncos. Well, after a thrilling come-from-behind win against Denver, they did what great teams do and gave us no choice but to respect them.