All I can say is...phew! Yes, last week was a rough loss and had us all a little bit worried. I wasn't as worried as some people I know, but there was that little knot in my stomach known as uncertainty. Thankfully, the Patriots came out this week and proved all the nay-sayers wrong.
Today, the Patriots absolutely dominated the New York Jets, keeping them scoreless for three quarters and ultimately allowing only one touchdown the entire game. Normally, games with the Jets are rough and tumble from the start to the finish. I'm not sure what was the matter with the Jets today...they just didn't seem like they wanted to win. The pep in their step just wasn't there, they seemed to be lacking confidence and couldn't do much against the Patriots defense. Don't get me wrong, I'm always glad for a win, especially a division win against a heated rival.
I'd also have to say that Brady proved once again why he's one of the best quarterbacks in the league. He player perfectly today. This is the Tom Brady that won two Super Bowls: cool, stoic, unshakeable, methodical. He barely even blinked as he completed pass after pass with utter perfection. Congratulations, Tom and the rest of the Patriots, for once again clinching a first-round bye in the playoffs. I'd also like to remind everyone that the three times the Patriots have had a first-round bye, they went to the Super Bowl. The last two times they won the Super Bowl; one time, they were the second seed and had to travel to Pittsburgh for the AFC championship game. Here's to history repeating itself.