January 8, 2008

What's at Stake for the Pats Against Jags

Clearly, it's the playoffs so a loss eliminates the Pats from contention. There's more than just the playoffs at stake though. Consider this, if the Pats lose this week OR next week, they're no longer the best team in history. They're not even the 3rd best team in history.

The 1984 49ers went 15-1 and won the Super Bowl, ending at 18-1. The 1985 Bears went 15-1 and won the Super Bowl, ending at 18-1. Of course, the Dolphins were a perfect 17-0 including the playoffs. Two other teams went 15-1 in the regular season (1998 Vikings, 2004 Steelers), but neither made or won the Super Bowl.

3 Responses:

"ben" said...

I don't think losing the Super Bowl is much better for the Pats than losing to the Jags. It's kind of all the same in terms of where their team ranks in history. Win it all and they are the best ever. Trip up anywhere, and they're not.

It has been too long since Tom Brady won a Super Bowl MVP.

J-Red said...

It's true in that they'd be the first 18-1 team NOT to win the Super Bowl. Really, that's still fourth best.

John said...

While the record thing is cute for number people, I don't think any team that doesn't win the Super Bowl can be considered the best ever. I can understand all the points this team put together but if they fail to win the super bowl it's still hard to justify that they are better then the other pat teams that did win the super bowl.


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