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It's been kind of a weird almost 2 weeks for the Patriots leading into Super Bowl 49 because of Deflate-Gate, but the Pats have been handling it well. At least according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. He also notes that he he believes the Patriots will come out pissed (see tweet below).



I have to agree. This bears some resemblance to the week after the blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. After that game, it seemed like non-stop "The Patriots are done," "Brady should retire," and blah, blah blah. Non-stop. Until 8:30 the Sunday after that, when they came back and blew out the Cincinnati Bengals. Then the Bills. Then the Bears a couple of games later (after a tight win against the Jets). And the Broncos, and the Colts the week after. They lost to the Green Bay Packers and the Bills, but every win with the exception of the 2 against the Jets after the Chiefs game was a blowout. They came out angry on the first drive against Cincy and never looked back, and here they are in the Super Bowl. Now, for the past 2 weeks, the Patriots have dealt with criticism over Deflate-Gate, as well as analysts questioning their legacy non-stop. It's a different type of criticism, but it's been non-stop for almost 2 weeks now, much like the criticism leading up to the week 5 game against Cincinnati.

So, yeah, I would not be surprised at all if the Pats come out angry. They don't need the extra motivation - hoisting the Vince Lombardi is motivation enough, especially since it will be the first for a lot of players, but they have extra motivation aplenty. I'm sure Bill Belichick has used this Deflate-gate stuff as bulletin board material. He wants his team fired up as much as possible. And it will make them that much more dangerous.

Conor Frederick 1/30/2015 12:29:00 PM Edit
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