The Patriots have always been a team of emotion, well since Tom Brady took over. While he appears to most observers to be calm, cool, even quiet, he’s not that way at all. He’s intense. He’s focused. He’s a perfectionist. He takes offense when the media dismisses the team. He holds grudges against teams that have beaten him. He gets angry.
In the lead up to the game with Denver, the media and just about everyone else focused on one thing, Tim Tebow and his magical trip to the playoffs. Every word was Tebow. Every thought was whether Tebow would work his “magic” on the Patriots. Every piece of coverage outside of Boston proper was about Tebow and the Broncos. The Patriots were secondary. The multiple AFC Champion, multiple Super Bowl winning team, multiple league MVP QB Brady…were relegated to irrelevancy. They got mad about it.
Brady played angry all night long. He played with the sole intent of making sure that not one fan, not one sportswriter, not one media person, not one Bronco left New England without knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that they were playing a superior team. A team that could beat you six ways to Sunday and then have their QB punt the ball just for good measure. It wasn’t personal. The Patriots never make it personal. They make it about them, about their team, about their team being better than your team and making sure that EVERYONE knows it.
Now, the Patriots await the Ravens. A team they have played many, many times. A team that they know well. The Ravens would have everyone believe they are a different team than what the Patriots have played before. But they are not different. Only the Patriots are different with their multitude of offensive weapons and plays, their defense that really isn’t as bad as stat quoters would have you believe and a QB who is determined to make sure everyone knows that the Patriots are the best team in football.
Playing angry….nobody does it better than the Patriots, nobody.