NFL 2011-12: The Top 10 Plays from the New England Patriots' Season
Losing the Super Bowl hurts.
However, for all the cliches in sports, the New England Patriots need to remember the success that they had throughout the entire regular season and playoffs.
They destroyed opponents time and time again on offense, and their defense made big play after big play.
And in case you missed anything, or simply just need some cheering up and something to smile about again, here's the top 10 best plays from the New England Patriots throughout their 2011-12 season.
10. Week 10 vs. New York Jets
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9. Week 6 vs. Dallas Cowboys
8. Week 11 vs. Kansas City Chiefs
In a lopsided match, this touchdown pass, catch, run, flip, score and spike remains one of the Patriots' greatest plays throughout the year.
7. Divisional Round vs. Denver Broncos
6. Divisional Round vs. Denver Broncos
No. 6 and still with Denver.
Tom Brady punting the ball shows that not only are they absolutely dominating the Denver Broncos, but that they're loving every minute of it.
5. Conference Championship vs. Baltimore Ravens
Whether it was dropped pass by Lee Evans or an outstanding play by Sterling Moore or a little bit of both, doesn't really matter.
Because at the end of the day, if it's a catch, the Ravens are through to the Super Bowl. That and if they could kick straight.
4. Week 17 vs. Buffalo Bills
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When most football fans checked the score of the Patriots-Bills game, 49-21 was surprising, but it just looked like the Pats dominated.
When they then realised that the Bills were up 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and that the Patriots reeled off 49 unanswered points to win, it looked even better.
3. Week 1 vs. Miami Dolphins
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Coming in at No. 3 is Tom Brady's incredible performance against the Dolphins waaaaaaaayyyyy back in the opening round.
The Patriots won 38-24, but Brady's 517 yards stole the show.
The incredible total was not just a franchise record—it was downright insane.
2. Week 1 vs. Miami Dolphins
That game was also made even greater by Wes Welker and Tom Brady combining for a 99-yard touchdown.
By combining, I mean Brady threw it, Welker caught it and ran very fast whilst everyone jumped up out of their chairs cheering him on.
1. Divisional Round vs. Denver Broncos
But the most memorable and indeed spectacular play from the 2011-12 season by the New England Patriots is the touchdown catch by Rob Gronkowski against the Denver Broncos.
It's some hell of a catch, so sit back, enjoy, and we'll see you next year New England!