Sunday, February 06, 2005

Pats win! Pats win!

A very competitive game, although it didn't require a clutch Vinatieri field goal with time expiring for the Patriots to get another three point win. The Eagles made it close with a late touchdown, but some inexplicable clock management by McNabb down the stretch meant that the Eagles ran out of time.

The defense played their usual great game, led by Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison, both of whom had interceptions (Harrison with 2). Deion Branch took home the MVP this time, as he had 11 catches for 133 yards.

I don't think there's any question that the Patriots can be called a dynasty. Three championships in four years in the salary cap era certainly meets the definition.

Things seem to be pretty quiet in Boston at the moment. After the last two championship celebrations, both of which included fatalities, there was a huge police presence in the hot spots in the city near the colleges. There were also strong warnings from the mayor and the college administrations. It's good to see that the message has gotten across that celebrating is OK but being destructive and acting like an idiot isn't.

Parade on Tuesday, and I guess I'll have to buy another hat!


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