Posted 07 March 2013 - 03:23 PM
AT TIMES, teams find a way to shut the Pats offense down in the playoffs. They destroyed the Texans this year. Destroyed the Broncos last year, and put up above average point totals against the Ravens and Giants, just low by Patriots standards.
The Patriots are an elite team and especially an elite offense until proven otherwise. Beating the Patriots is an accomplishment for any team. In fact, when you think about it, a Patriots loss, be it in the regular season or postseason, is a big story in and of itself.
Regular season, yeah, they're almost guaranteed to put up 30+ in most games. Elite for sure.
Playoffs, different story. The OVERALL performance in the playoffs since One Giant Loss has been up-and-down. Broncos and Texans were ripe to be squelched by the Patriots...those were tailor-made matchups for them.
Beezer loves to point this out, but he's got a point...for all of the regular season-gaudiness, the Patriots recent playoff record has not matched up. 3-4 since One Giant Loss, with three of the losses at home in games where they were favored. In 5 out of their last 9 playoff games, they've been held to 23 points or less. For a team that has scored over 500 points four times in the last six seasons, that is pretty bad.
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