Patriots Eliminated From Super Bowl Hunt

EDITOR’S NOTE:   This guest post comes from long time reader Emeli.

If you thought that the New England Patriots were going to be among the things to bet on for the Super Bowl @ BetUs, you’ll have to change your plans.   There also won’t be wacky lines on Tom Brady’s hair, his girlfriends or anything relating to the Pats or their star quarterback.

On Sunday, the Patriots were stunned when the New York Jets sent them packing from the postseason with a 28-21 loss.

The Jets were talking trash all week long and many people felt that they should walk the walk before talking the talk – especially since they were talking to a team that has more Super Bowl wins than any other franchise in the NFL over the last decade.  But instead, the Jets backed it up with one of their best performances of the season. They stifled the Patriots in the first half, holding them to just three points.

A lot of people were shocked by the halftime score of 14-3 because in the previous meeting, the Patriots stomped the Jets 45-3. Sunday’s game was supposed to have a similar result as the odds makers listed the Jets as 10-point underdogs to start the week.  As it turns out, the Jets should have been favored.

New York did much more on offense than anyone expected as they scored 28 points. Their most important touchdown came early in the fourth quarter, just after the Patriots scored their own touchdown along with a two-point conversion to cut the lead to 14-11.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Mark Sanchez found Jerricho Cotchery for a 58-yard gain to get the ball to the Patriots 13-yard line. Two plays later, Sanchez found Santonio Holmes for a seven-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 21-11.  The Patriots were simply outplayed and outcoached, and while they have been extremely dominant at home in the regular season (27 straight regular season home wins when Brady starts at quarterback), this is now their third straight home playoff loss.

The Jets will visit Heinz Field next weekend to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.