A Tale Of Two Halves.

The New England Patriots are heading to Denver as they prepare for their head to head play off match up against the Peyton Manning led Denver Broncos. The Patriots are playing the new but familiar role of the under-dogs in the match up being compared to former under-dog team the 2001 Patriots who ultimately went on to win a Superbowl that season.

The sports world pouring out headlines as the two legendary quarterbacks are set to square off Sunday for not only a trip to the Superbowl but potentially the last time these hall of fame quarterbacks may meet in the post-season.

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Both teams bring different legacies to the line. The Patriots are playing for a trip to the Superbowl, their 6th appearance already winning 3 and loosing 2 to the same team the New York Giants. Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick can cement their outstanding careers with a Superbowl win which would easily separate the 2 from their respective classes. Tom Brady would stand alone at 6 Superbowl appearances the next closest would be Jon Elway with 5 and the most play off wins of any quarterback in the history of the game and doing so behind a season of which his team might have not even made the playoffs if anyone else was under center for the Patriots. New England is working with 3 rookie wide receivers although Josh Boyce recently hit IR, The loss,return, and loss again Rob Gronkowski to IR, Both Danny Amendola and Shane Vereen have both missed their share of the work in the earlier portion of the season, and don’t get me started on the losses on the defensive side of the ball. Tom Brady has done more with less this season than ever before and some would even say he deserves an MVP nod.

a12Tom Brady finally has a running game that can support him. The stable of backs is led by draft day trade Legarrette Blount with Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen both compliment the big physical back and the backs by committee has allowed them all to remain fresh though-out the season and into the playoffs. The move to take the more old school approach isn’t a surprise to anyone playoff teams usually last due to having an above average running attack and a fierce front 4 in recent playoff games and super bowl victories. The approach has allowed Tom Brady to keep his arm fresh, generate a beautiful play action, and give him full control of not only the offense but the clock as well.

The thought of how scary the Patriots could be with a great set of runningbacks is now a reality for the fans.

“Coach Belichick is the best coach that I’ve ever competed against,” Manning told reporters Wednesday. “I think it’s safe to say he’ll go down as the greatest NFL coach of all time.”

“Coach Belichick is the best coach that I’ve ever competed against,” Manning told reporters Wednesday. “I think it’s safe to say he’ll go down as the greatest NFL coach of all time.”

Bill Belichick might be a shoe-in for head coach of the year after this campaign no matter if it ends tomorrow or with a Superbowl win. The NFL coaches an players alike share great respect for the New England Patriots head coach guys like Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had nothing but praise for the coach.

Bill Belichick is dealing with a young core of guys do to multiple reasons but mainly because the amount of injuries this team has dealt with on both sides of the ball. Belichick has managed to coach his way straight into the post season dealing with an almost complete second string unit of defense due to season ending injuries at all 3 levels of the defense. Loosing guys like Vince Wilfork IR, Jerod Mayo IR, Brandon Spikes IR, Adrian Wilson IR, Tommy Kelly IR, and lost for a few weeks was Stephan Gregory, Aqib Talib, Devin McCourty,Alfonso Dennard, while dealing with the younger guys and attempting to take some-what of a patient approach to their game and tutoring in guys like Donte Hightower, Logan Ryan, Duron Harmon, and Jamie Collins. Most said the Patriots would fight but wouldn’t be a capable play off team and Bill Belichick has coached these younger guys and cruised then into great roles either starting or rotational. and every week it seems that one of these guys takes a step forward in the maturation process just earlier this season Donte Hightower was being labeled a bust and now he looks to be a stud and should help anchor that linebacker corps for the next few seasons with the help from the athletically gifted Jamie Collins a true rookie who after a spotty start to the season he looks to be breaking out and ready to contribute to the team and all this is due to Bill Belichicks time working with his younger guys behind the scenes that are not open to the media.

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Even Legarrette Blount had thanked New England’s head coach for helping him adjust his running style. Blount has notched almost 500 all-purpose yards his last few games. Bill Belichick has also shown trust into Aqib Talib who he asked first hand if Blount would be worth the trade and that type of relationship and communication is something Patriots fans are not accustom too but is really great to see when we do.

The combination of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick has always been “As long as Bill and Tom are there they will always be competitive.” This season s080202_patriotsmore than any other proves it best and may go down as both of their best work of their careers if they manage to win a Superbowl in the process of developing this young team and dealing with the off-season of a life time and the injuries this team has dealt with. This Patriots unit has developed a certain swag about them a solid chip on their shoulder is driving this team and the role of the under-dog is so fitting for this never give up never back down approach this team takes a week in and out. It’s truly amazing that they have made it this far.

Tommarow Players can change there legacy for both teams and we will both sides the best(no we dont go Pats) and while the Patriots try to fight for theirs Peyton Manning will try and get certain monkeys off his back or he will be known for his playoff mis-fortunes and 8 times loosing opening game with home field advantage in the playoffs.

Goodluck.

Patrick Jordan– NFL Contributor – TitleTown Sports

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