Here We Are

New England has been called a fluke and has been ridiculed as lucky because of officials' calls. Yet, unlike some of the other NFL Teams, they have stood guard upon their reputation. They never let themselves get too far behind that they cannot come back and take the division, or at least contend for it.<p>

Throughout this past season I have seen more heart come out of this team than in the past ten years that I have watched the game. A great comeback this game showed that the Patriots truly mean business; they will not lay down for any team nor will they give up their own pride to satisfy the tastes of others.

Brady, young and talented, has never let his team down. Although new to the professional game, he has led his team and shown them victory. A better leader I could not hope for. Amazing showings from Troy Brown, Kevin Faulk, David Patten, Antowain Smith, and Christian Fauria all season - This team is not made up of All-Pros ... or some dream team of superstars. Their teamwork and fight is what got them to where they are. I have never been more proud than I am now to be a Patriots fan, and I think you should feel the same way.

The game started out slow for the Patriots. Ricky Williams ran in a touchdown in the first quarter and then followed that with another end-zone walk-in about seven minutes later. Finally Antowain Smith put us on the board. Miami answered back, passing to McKnight and letting him score. Adam Vinatieri closed the first half with a 41-yard field goal, putting the score 21-10 Miami.

The third quarter was sort of bland with Adam Vinatieri kicking a 36-yard field goal. The fourth quarter made you sit on the edge of your couch. Miami kicked a field goal and New England scored twice with a touchdown and a field goal. This tied the game at 24. Going into overtime left myself rocking back and forth. This game was to be decided over the flip of a coin. Patriots win the toss and start with amazing field position. Miami kicked out of bounds on their kickoff and left the Patriots at the 40-yard line. They drove to the Miami 25-yard line and let Vinatieri kick a field goal for the win.

As I sat there watching the ball go through those two large, yellow posts, a tear crept out of my eye. As much as this is just a game, this is your team – be proud.

Go Patriots! Win it for us! (oh yeah, and Jets – lose miserably)


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