I’m not Nostradamus, but something tells me that Tom Brady was watching the NFC Championship game very closely after the Patriots defeated the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC title game.
The reason being there was one team that Brady wanted to win for a myriad of reasons…
That team was the New York Giants.
In any other year Brady or Bill Belichick for that matter wouldn’t care who they played if they were to reach the Super Bowl, however this is different.
This isn’t just another Super Bowl rematch. This isn’t like the Bills Seeking revenge against the Cowboys in the 90’s, the Bengals getting a second shot against the 49ers in the 80’s or the Cowboys getting a redux against the Steelers in the 70’s. This rematch is extremely personal.
In Super Bowl 42 the New England Patriots were 60 minutes from history. At 18-0 the Patriots were heavily favored to beat the Giants and join the Miami Dolphins as the only undefeated team’s in NFL history.
The Patriots overcame the heavy criticism of Spygate and steamrolled every team in their path on their way to what looked like another Super Bowl title.
However, history was derailed thanks to a prolific pass rush, David Tyree’s helmet and Eli Manning’s poise.
18-0 turned to 18-1 and the Patriots and their fans have had to deal with that blemish and the possibility of what could’ve been since then.
Everyone involved with the New England Patriots from owners, to players that are still around from that 18-1 team to the fans have been foaming at the mouth at the possibility of retribution in the Super Bowl. As they watched the NFC playoffs unfold and saw the Giants catch fire late in the season it seemed like they would get their chance at retribution if things all panne out.
Once Lawrence Tynes hit a game-winning field goal in overtime of to lift the Giants into the Super Bowl that possibility became reality.
Brady and Belichick get what they want, a chance at payback for the only blemish on their impeccable record. They can never go back and correct that error but winning a fourth Super Bowl would mean just as much as a perfect mark.
Brady could join Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only QB’s with 4 Super Bowls, Belichick could match only Chuck Noll at 4. Once again they have a chance at history and once again that familiar foe stands in their way.
No David Tyree, no undefeated season on the line, no distractions and no excuses.
Patriot fans called Super Bowl 42 a fluke. Well here is the do over. Brady, Belichick and the New England Patriots get the Giants a second time. They wanted a shot at redemption and they got it.
Now the question is can they exact revenge on the New York Giants or will history repeat itself?