Some of you may have seen the infamous "expired domain" message when trying to access this site. Immediately you think, "is he so busy writing that he forgot to renew his domain?" The answer is no. I actually transferred (or tried to transfer) this domain to GoDaddy back in November since it was cheaper to renew with them. Without my knowledge, the transfer never went through (I wasn't notified) and poof! No domain name. I'm in the middle of trying to figure out what went wrong, but in the meantime I've re-upped with my current (really expensive) provider, Network Solutions, though there may still be outages from time to time. Isn't this fun?
I've said this before, but if my team is going to lose, I'd appreciate it if they do it before 11 PM. I don't want to stay up late if they're gonna lose. Thanks a lot guys!
This loss can be summed up in three words: horrific offensive execution. The defense played absolutely outstanding. They completely stuffed the run and didn't give up any big plays (save for the ridiculous pass interference call - amazing how refs can see such things from all the way across the field). But still, it wasn't the defense that lost this game, it was the offense.
And I'm sorry to sound cliche, but the Patriots really did beat themselves. The thing that kills me is that it was mostly the veterans who did us in: Kevin Faulk with his fumble, Troy Bown muffing the punt return, and Tom Brady throwing the interception. Ellis Hobbs is only a rookie and this is only his second playoff game, so I can't blame him (too much) for his fumble. For the other guys, it's inexcusable.
Do you realize that Denver scored all of its points off turnovers? All of them! That means the defense held whenever Denver started outside of the red zone. I don't know too many defenses that can stop any team from the one yard line.
The bottom line is that, not to sound cliche, I don't think the better team won (::ducks::). The Patriots offense moved the ball at will almost the entire game and the Patriots defense held strong. The difference is that the Broncos made a lot fewer mistakes and capitalized better on the Patriots' mistakes. I had a really bad feeling before this game started and through most of the first half. When the last two minutes of the first half happened, I really felt that the game was over. Turns out I was right.
In the end, the Patriots just didn't have enough to overcome yet another year of devastating injuries. The makeshift offensive line just wasn't holding well all year, and the lack of putting the same team on the field each week really hurt them. But, through it all, they never gave up and really put out a tremendous effort the last few weeks of the season. They played with a lot of heart and somehow became competitive again. That being said, I think the team has a lot of young talent and the future is definitely secure. See you next year, guys.