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You Asked For It Rex, You Got It.

 

By TOM

December 7th, 2010

Division wins matter, regular season records matter, and most importantly tiebreakers matter. This isnít rhetoric or talk show fodder. This is the time to start keeping score, not just of games, but of position, division records, conference records, playoff implication, and conference seatings. Because of last night win, we have it all- Moh-wa-ha-ha-ha! We have a game or more and the tiebreakers on every foreseeable Division winner, and now itís just up us, but isnít that what every football player wants? And Iím not saying we have to go on a monumental winning streak. Three and One baby. Three and one gar-un-tees the Playoffs go though Foxboro. Plus, a two and two record in the final four games will probably still give the Pats Homefield if the Jets and the Steelers lose one game, and that is certainly not out of the question. I think Krafty Kraft was right, last nights victory was probably the biggest regular season win in franchise history, and certainly in the past seven years or so.

This was a game with so many Super Bowl implications that it made my brain itchy and my balls ache. Now I know we are suppose to pretend that these games are just another regular season game and donít really matter? However, in December the Playoff painting is not only starting to form, but you can see 3/4 of it. You can see the basic structure of the Playoffs. It can only change so much in the final 4 games, and that is a lot less than people have been pretending. The corners of the painting might change a little, but the structure, the design, and the form has been made. Now something radical might happen, and red paint might be splashed across the canvas and ruin everything. However, that is very unlikely to happen. The Pats are most likely going to win the East, and get the top seed. Pittsburgh is mostly like going to be second. KC will be fighting San Diego for 3rd, and Indy fighting Jacksonville for forth, with Baltimore and New Jersey getting the final two spots, unless the Pats or Pittsburgh falters. That is a pretty small field. Plus, the Pats are the only team that can get 14 wins, which is amazing if you think back to the beginning of the season. The Jets and Pittsburgh are the only two other teams that can reach 13 wins. Speaking of looking back at the beginning of the season, is their any other candidate for Coach of the Year than BB? Think back to the team that played the Jets in Week Two, and take a good long look at this team now. If any Patriots hating pundit says there is another candidate for Coach of the Year than Bill Belichick, then they are just a full of shit idiot.

This week because of the importance of the game, kept score in an unusual way to my normally unusual way. I usual kept the normal score, plus a running gag to try and make things a little funny or more interesting. This week I did four scores. The first is the key to beating a bash boasting bully is to punch him the mouth. So I kept score on how many punches to the face the Pats gave. I also thought that nerves would play a big role early in the game, as Homefield advantage throughout the Playoffs was on the line. I kept track of both during the game with the idea of keeping one. However, the ideas grew on me, and I was able to turn them into a juvenile joke so I kept both. It brought back memories of Super Bowl victories that brought us here, and the four fathers of Patriot Nation. Billy Sullivan created the team on this continent, but chaos and incompetence ruled the day. Kraft kept the team here. Bill Parcells taught the Nation how to win, and BB refined excellence with preparation, football genius, and commitment like we have never seen. With the advent of the Salary Cap and the Draft all teams for the most part are equal. Each team has the liberty to conceive of any type of team they want. What they do with the money and the draft picks determines what type of team they will have. What the coaches do with the players and schemes determines the outcome of the season. We learned that all players and coaches are equal until it comes to the Super Bowl. Which also reminded me that the last time we won a Super Bowl was like 5 years ago, and it now seems like 7 or more. It seems this might be our last best chance to win another with Brady still around. Anyway, I was just trying to say that Iím not doing three Scores, because four scores and seven years ago our four fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, until they reach the Super Bowl (OMG that was a long way to go for a terrible joke;-). Oh well, itís like I always say, ďThereís a thin line between funny and stupid, and itís a line Iím willing to cross.Ē

The Game started off predictably with the Jets running and the Pats throwing. Nerves and cold seemed the prime factor for the first few series. The Pats received the ball to start the 1st half. The biggest factor in the 1st game was Brady having to hold onto the ball too long as they wanted to go deep to Moss. In this game he is going to throw it a lot and throw it quick, first to Gronkowski. Then they lined up in a Power formation with Crumpler at FB and punch the Jets right in the mouth for a 1st down. Then BJG-E punched again for four. A nervous premature snap by Koppen made it 2nd and 6 again. The amazing Woodhead turned invisible right next to five Jets and slide along with them for four yards, and somehow reappeared at the 1st down marker. Then Neon Deion Branch, who according the impartial Chris Carter stinks, burned Cromartie for an easy 1st down. Nerves attacked again, as Brady turned the wrong way and had to throw the ball away. Then he over threw the ball into the ground. Branch couldnít dig it out even though he got under the ball. Then Trevor Price blew up 3rd down to force a Field goal. 3-Zip Pats. 

Silly nerves overtaking Teamís schemes-3. 

Punches in cranium killing enemies desire-2.

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The Jets came out throwing, but big Gerald Warren came around the Jets left guard and slammed Sanchez to the ground as he misfired the ball. LT ran up the middle for four. But Sanchez calmly through it to Jericho Cotchery as Wilfork tumbled by him. Wilfork stops LT for 3 as I try and say Crotchery, but canít seem too for some reason. I think the nerves are getting to me as well. Dustin Keller tested the short seam, but fell a yard short of the 1st down. Sanchez tried a sneak around the Left Tackle, But Cunningham slammed him in the hole and hits him upside his head, for another punch in the mouth, and set him face down into the turf.  The Jets coaches showing their nerves made a bad call on the reply, but made the 1st down with a strong run by Green. LT runs a power slam for 11. Cunningham comes in and hits Sanchez as he throws, and LT canít hold on to make 2nd and ten. LT runs into a wall of Blue and Silver and gets pounded down for 3. Sanchez dropped back, but Wilfork Stunted to the outside and came around the OT. I think he literally punched Sanchez in the mouth, and slammed him to the ground. He forced Sanchez to throw it before he wanted to, and forced another nervous mistake by the Jets coaching staff as they foolishly tried a 53-yard field goal in the swirling winds of Foxboro, and ending giving the Pats the ball back at almost midfield.

Silly nerves overtaking Teamís schemes-6. 

Punches in cranium killing enemies desire-4.

The Pats come out looking to put more pressure on the Jets. BJG-E gave a vicious body shot right into the gut of the Jets and toughed his way to Pat Patriot at midfield for 3. On 2nd and 7 Cromartie grabs Branch by his hand warmer belt for a misreception/Non-call. However, as Brady scrambles out of trouble, Welker weasels his way open for a 1st down. BJG-E gives another body shot for 2. The body shots by BJG-E caused the Passrush to holt on Bradyís play action, and he goes deep to Gronkowski who is wiped out by Eric Smith, and the refs actually called it. Then boom BJG-E gets stopped at the 1-inch line, not a touchdown, but the 1-inch line. However, The Jets canít take it, and BJG-E punches them in the mouth again.10- Zip Pats.

Silly nerves overtaking Teamís schemes-6. 

Punches in cranium killing enemies desire-5.

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The Jets come out in the Wildcat, and Mayo rips the ball out of Shonn Greenís hands before the whistle blew, but they called the ball dead. Then the nerves of the Jets showed again, as a delay of game made it 2nd and 11, as the Jets realized itís a little different playing the Pats in Foxboro then playing them in New Jersey. Then Holmes revealed his nerves, and dropped an easy pass. Another nervous throw by Sanchez made it forth down. And do I have to say it, the nervous punter kicks it for a hilarious 13-yards.

Silly nerves overtaking Teamís schemes-10. 

Punches in cranium killing enemies desire-5.

Pats show they are nervous as well: a Sack and a horrible throw by Brady who hit Eric Smith right in the back of the head, made it 3rd and 22. But Brady threw a laser to Branch just short of the 1st down marker. With the Pats going into the wind they decided to run the clock down as far as they can then call a Timeout too decide on what to do. This is what makes BB great. The little things. Like calming things down in the biggest pressure game of the regular season. Telling Tom to run down the clock and then call a Timeout, and then talking it over calmly on the sideline. Calm things down as much as possible in the most pressure filled regular season game in Patriotís history. They decide to go for it, and the Jets coaches nervously decide to over Blitz. Brady throws it calmly to Branch, who breaks a tackle, and finds no Jets between him and the Endzone, as half the Jets defense blitzed. The Pats were suddenly up 17-Zip, and now the Jets were about to be forced to go into the wind. A double shot to the face to start the 2nd quarter.

Silly nerves overtaking Teamís schemes-10. 

Punches in cranium killing enemies desire-7.

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The Jets come out with a nice run by Green, and a run by Sanchez made it 3rd and 1. However, the Jets nervously let the 2nd Quarter expire and feel the cold New England wind in their face. Green powered his way for the 1st down. Then Ninkovich lets Green get the edge, and he runs for a 1st down. Wilfork powers his way into the backfield, he canít bring down Green, but slows him up enough for three defenders to come in and give him a Smackdown for 1-yard gain. Cunningham now in coverage, tackles LT who snuck out of the back field for a 6-yard reception. Sanchez throws a wounded duck right into Edwardsís chest, and Arrington comes in and punches shim right in the face. He drops the ball. But the Jets were in FG range, and Jets finally got on the board. Pats-17, Jets-3

Silly nerves overtaking Teamís schemes-12. 

Punches in cranium killing enemies desire-8.

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It was time to keep the pressure up. The Jets were looking to implode, and it was time for the Pats to help out. The Pats shifted Welker to Fullback, and he charged into the hole like he was leading Woodhead through the line in a hilarious play action. Only the Amazing Woodhead disappeared into the left side of the line, and he pulled himself out of the trash on the right side of the line. Brady saw him and he caught the ball flying to the left and ran down field for 35-Yards. I mean what can you say? Itís Amazing, in a blink of the eye you finally see the light. A quick trick by Woodhead made it 2nd and 6. Morris snagged the ball off the turf on one knee and ran it two yards short of the 1st down. Brady snuck it for a 1st down. Then as the Jets nervously jump off side, BJG-E runs the ball inside the ten to make it 1st and goal from the 7. Then another nervous call by the so-called Referee made it 1st and goal form the 18. The miraculous Wes Welker broke open inside the 5 right in the middle of the defense, and made it 2nd and goal from the 4. A play action fake to Woodhead, gave Brady time to scramble to his left and hit a wide open Tate high, but Tate got a foot and a hand down for a TD. The Jets coaches were too nervous to throw the red flag, and even the politically correct announcers were ragging on the Jets, LOL. Pats-24, Jets-3.

Silly nerves overtaking Teamís schemes-15. 

Punches in cranium killing enemies desire-8.

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Sanchez came out throwing, and hoping their nerves were done. A first down pass to Holmes was followed by another pass to Holmes, but he was punched down by big play James Sanders. They tried to run LT for a first down but he was punched down by half the Pats defense to make it 3rd and 1. However, an obviously nervous Edwards dropped another tough pass, but down 21 on the road you have to make that catch. Punt.

Silly nerves overtaking Teamís schemes-16. 

Punches in cranium killing enemies desire-10.

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A BJG-E body punch made it 2nd and 9. Then little Wes Welker fought his way for a 1st down through big Al Harris.  However, the Refs didnít give him the 1st down, and BJG-E ran into Dan Connollyís butt on 3rd and 1. Punt. The Jets came out running, but ran into a Wilfork Bearhug. Then apparently the Jets looking to run out the clock, ran it again, and five Patís defenders swarmed over Green for a team effort Mayo Smackdown and a four yard loss. Another punch in the mouth to the brash bully. A nervous pass to nowhere forced another nervous crappy punt. The ball went 25-yards in the air but bounced forward for a 38-yard punt.

Silly nerves overtaking Teamís schemes-18. 

Punches in cranium killing enemies desire-11.

On 1st and ten, Eric Smith did his best Arrington impression, and Sacked Brady to take it two-minute time. Another Sack made it 3rd and 20. Then a misreception forced a punt. Sanchez threw to Holmes who was slammed down by Sanders. Then Sanchez scrambled out to his right and for some reason allowed TB-C enough time to get to him and slam him down. However, as the clock clicked down to 30 seconds Sanchez barely hit Keller for a 1st down. Holmes caught a long pass to leap high over midfield to get close to FG range. Then Sanchez somehow scrambled 11-yards with Cunningham and TB-C diving at his feet. Brad Smith fumbles the ball, and even though he took three steps and turned up field, he never had possession? However, Enter TullyÖBantaÖ-ÖCain he falls at Sanchez feet and holds on for dear life. Sanchez was still looking down field, until he saw Mayo coming flying at him looking to kill him, and threw the ball aimless into the dirt as time expired.

The Jets came out after halftime looking like their nerves were done and marched right down the field, and allís I could think was I donít care how much the Jets scored in the 3rd quarter, I just want the Pats D to not give up a TD in the 4th Quarter. However, looking at the history of this season it seemed unlikely. However, I believe they can do it. This defense has grown past their stats and are a much stouter defense than their ranking indicates, and this forth quarter was the time to prove it. Ryan was forced to go for it on forth and one after a Mayo Smackdown by Ninkovich. Holmes makes a nice catch for 1st down, but Mayo gives LT a Smackdown on 1st down to make it 2nd an 8. BOOM! Brandon Spikes strikes another punch right into the brash bullies face. I-N-T Bay-Bee!

Silly nerves overtaking Teamís schemes-18. 

Punches in cranium killing enemies desire-13.

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The Pats offense came out telling Rex, ďyou want it, you got it.Ē The crown passes through Foxboro, not New Jersey . They run with little efficiency, other then to keep the clock moving. However, Brady shows why he is the unquestioned MVP of the NFL by moving the Pats right down the field with amazing efficiency; Showing the difference in mental toughness between the Pats and the Jets. A great 3rd down box out by Gronkowski, an efficient throw by Brady to Hernandez who had a great run after the catch, and an End-Around by Tate, and the Pats were in the Redzone again, looking to punch the bully in the face again. Enter, stage left, little Wes Welker to give the knockout blow to the Jets with 4:40 to go in the 3rd Quarter. Pats-31, Jets-3,

Silly nerves overtaking Teamís schemes-18. 

Punches in cranium killing enemies desire-14.

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The beaten down Jets even came out running, nervously looking to work the clock. Then Sanchez went deep to Edwards, OOPS! Enter stage right, Devon ďRising StarĒ McCourty.  I-N-T-Bay-Bee! In what only could be called the final punch to the face. NEP-31, NJJ-3.

Silly nerves overtaking Teamís schemes-19. 

Punches in cranium killing enemies desire-15.

Now it was time to kick them when they were down. A rough and tumble 1st down catch and run by Gronkowski, a Welker screen, and suddenly Woodhead is running 50-yards down field to put the Pats in the Redzone again. 1st and ten at the 12. Enter BJG-E for a super tough 1st down run to make it 1st and goal. Then, hoo-hum let Brady float the ball over the Jets beaten down defense for an easy TD catch by Aaron Hernandez. And making fun of he Jets now somehow seemed in bad form. It doesnít happen often, but even I can be classy sometimes. NEP-38, NJJ-3, SNOTS-19, PICKED-15.

Now it was the 4th quarter. We need the defense to not allow a TD by the Jets. I have been talking Super Bowl for two weeks now, and now is the time. The defense needs to show us the way. Cunningham hitting Sanchez is a good start. The offense has led this team to this point, and now it was the defenses turn to lead us to the Promise Land . Enter stage right, James ďbig playĒ Sanders, for his 3rd 4th quarter I-N-T for a much needed 4th quarter stop. It takes three runs for the super-tough BJG-E to run for a 1st down. But of course, the refs didnít give it to him. But BJG-E says, ďBite Me!Ē And runs for a 1st down again on 4th down. Then BJG-E says, ďbite meĒ again and runs in for another power run right into the Jets face. NEP-44, NJJ-3, SNOTS-19, PICKED-17.

Now is the time. The D has to show us the way. No 4th quarter Touchdown, period! Fight Ďem. Punch Ďem. Kick Ďem. But donít let them score. Sack Ďem. Hit Ďem. Smack Ďem Down. But stop them. The Jets got down to the 14-yardline. But Jeremy ran into a Blue and Silver wall, and Green got a Mayo Smackdown to make it 3rd and 5, with a Super Bowl defense on the line. The Pats rush three, Sanchez gets confused and scrambles to the left, and allís Holmes can do is drop the ball and cry for a flag. The Jets came out and called a nervous Time out on 4th and Super Bowl Defense to go. They come out, but Sanchez hits Mayo for a Super Bowl in the making. Whew! I wrote all that before the 4th down play, and they came through. Good night sweet Prince.  

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