Seed: #2 – AFC
Opponent: #5 Seed Kansas City Chiefs – Saturday @ 4:35PM
Best Moment of the Season: Roger Goodell and the NFL nearly put Tom Brady on the shelf for the first four weeks of the 2015 season thanks to TB12 being “generally aware” of a scheme to deflate footballs during the 2014 AFC title game versus the Colts. Eventually, Brady’s suspension was lifted prior to the start of the season.
However, Brady’s legal problems gave rise to the electrifying coverage provided by Boston-based website Barstool Sports.
Well done, El Pres.
Why this team will go to the Super Bowl: The Patriots will ride returning health, TB12, Julian Edelman, Gronk, and a solid defense to overcome Kansas City and possibly, another battle between Brady and Peyton Manning to reach back to back Super Bowls. When Brady, Edelman, and Gronkowski start in games since 2014 (including the postseason), the Patriots are 23-3. You should like those odds.
Why this team will not go to the Super Bowl: New England’s offensive line has been terrible over the past month. How bad? According to Pro Football Focus, only the San Diego Chargers fielded a worst pass blocking unit this season than the Patriots.
Meanwhile, check out this comment from MMQB’s Andy Benoit on their peculiar Week 17 effort at Miami:
In a Week 17 loss at Miami, the Patriots turned in the worst offensive-line performance of the 2015 NFL season. Judging by their generic run-centric game plan, Bill Belichick and coordinator Josh McDaniels anticipated these blocking woes.
Now, the Patriots experienced similar problems last season before turning it around following their trainwreck effort deluxe in Kansas City last season. However, every team left in the NFL playoffs can generate a pass rush that could cause their offensive line some headaches.
Why you should root for this team: It’s the Patriots. America should support great things and great people. For example, the rag to riches tale of Super Bowl XLIX hero Malcolm Butler. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have a chance to do something historic. For starters, no quarterback has won five Super Bowls. No coach has won five Super Bowls. Lastly, the Patriots are trying to become the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champions since…the 2003-04 New England Patriots.
Why you should hate this team: Belichick. What coach or sports figure in North American sports could suffer a black eye during the week of its team’s most important game of the season and dodge questions about what happened? And then, act insulted that people asked him about it. He’s the best…of all-time.
Brady. You hate him because “he cheated.” People are acting like his wife was getting HGH in the mail and he started taking it to recover quickly after suffering a near career-ending injury…not that anyone would actually do such a thing.
Celebrity Fan Of Interest: Gisele.
Outlook: New England is the wild card team of the playoffs in my opinion. When they are operating at peak efficiency, nobody is better than them. Having said that, it’s unlikely the Patriots will be at peak health the rest of the season. The Pats’ offensive line is the smoking gun. If they play well, New England is going back to the Super Bowl. If they don’t, congratulations to the (INSERT NFC TEAM HERE) on winning Super Bowl 50.