It’s Friday, and the air is crackling with energy in Atlanta, in Boston, in everywhere in between. But since there’s still some time before kickoff, we’re going to take a look at the Patriots Super Bowl history.
There’s no way around it- the Patriots have a more impressive Super Bowl pedigree. Having gone to the Super Bowl eight times, dating back to Super Bowl XX in the mid 80’s. Their record at the Big Game is tied, 4-4, with a number of those wins coming with Brady himself leading the team. Since there’s a lot to cover, we’ll focus on their more recent games.
Super Bowl XXXVI is, in many ways, the game that made both the Patriots and Brady the forces they are today. With the game tied as time wound down, Brady refused to accept the result. With a bold rush, he managed to bring his team close enough for a field goal to break the tie and win the game.
The Patriots and Brady followed up with two more wins, including in 2004, which proved to be a good season for Boston, with the Red Sox finally breaking their curse. However, after this impressive string of victories, their luck turned. Though still an impressive team, they were not able to topple the Giants and Eli Manning in 2007 and 2011, though both games were close.
This proved to be a small setback, though, as the Patriots reclaimed the title in 2014 against the Seahawks in yet another close game, with Brady bringing the team back from 10 points behind going into the fourth quarter.
All in all, the Patriots, and Brady in particular, have quite a legacy to live up to. Moreover, the possibility of a winning Super Bowl record is sure to help focus the team. That said, in many ways the past all prologue. While Ryan and the Falcons may not have a much of a record to look back on, the only thing that really matter is who plays better on Sunday. Perhaps Brady will tilt his Super Bowl record positive, or perhaps the Falcons will get their first ever. In any case, it promises to be an awesome game!
In the meantime, Matboard and More will continue our Superbowl Promotion, with 20% off any NFL mats until Sunday. We can handle both standard and custom orders, and even exact color matches in acid free mats for all the playoff teams, including our the Patriots.