As the Patriots begin their quest to MetLife Stadium for the Super Bowl, we've decided to chronicle that journey by highlighting the heroes from each game.
The Patriots game against the Falcons was certainly a wild one. The Patriots seemed to have a firm grip on the game with just about 6 minutes left until the Falcons came roaring back. There were plenty of players who rose to the occasion to help secure that victory. It'll be hard to determine who was the biggest hero with so many key plays to choose from.
Luckily for us, the burden of that decision falls to you.
All year long, we'll be running a contest to celebrate the Road to MetLife stadium, asking you guys to weigh in on who the MVP of each game is. As a reward, the jersey of the Patriots player to earn the most votes the entire year will be given away to a random person that weighed in on our weekly polls.
Here's how it works.
Each week, you will vote in the poll below for who you think deserves to win MVP for that week's game. Each vote earns you 1 entry into this raffle. That means if you vote every single week, you'll have a total of 16 entries. You can earn additional entries by liking us on facebook, following us on twitter, and tweeting about the contest. Please see below for easy access to doing all of that!
Prize: One jersey of the player that receives the most votes for MVP throughout the year.
How to Enter:
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Winner: A winner will be randomly selected on New Year's Day - January 1st, 2014. The winner will be chosen from a pool of entries collected from every poll posted throughout the season. The more weeks you vote for the MVP, the more chances you have to win.
So, now the question remains. Who was the Patriots MVP in their win over the Atlanta Falcons?
Aqib Talib might be the most obvious choice. The corner is making Bill Belichick look good for trading for him last season and extending him in the off-season. He has been able to shut down opposing team's top wideouts all year long, and yesterday was no exception. Julio Jones ended up with some decent stats, but most of those were piled on when Talib was off of him - including a 49 yard grab at the end of the game with Alfonzo Dennard in coverage.
When Talib shadowed Jones, he wasn't catching much. In fact one target sent Jones way was intercepted by Talib. Total, the corner disrupted four passes, including the key play of the game, a fourth down throw to the endzone intended for Roddy White with seconds left in the final quarter.
Talib wasn't the only one, Michael Buchanan and Chandler Jones were disrupting the quarterback. Jones hit the QB twice while Buchanan earned himself a sack.
Of course, kickers are part of the team too! Stephen Gostowski made all three of his field goal attempts, with a long of 49.
The offense continued to show up as well, putting up 30 points that were largely unassisted by their defense. Kenbrell Thompkins was the biggest standout again, with a key long third down catch, and another diving touchdown grab. Tom Brady played his best game of the season as well, after some early struggles he found a rhythm, piling up over 300 yards for the first time all season. He had two touchdown passes and no interceptions.
Julian Edelman also showed up, catching seven passes for 118 yards. LeGarrette Blount had one of the highlights of the game with his 49 yard touchdown run as well.
It should be an exciting year as we journey towards MetLife Stadium in February. We're looking forward to more victories and more Patriots MVPs! Make sure to vote today!
MVPs so far:
Week 1: Danny Amendola
Week 2: Aqib Talib
Week 3: Kenbrell Thompkins
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