Flashback to February 6, 2005 when the New England Patriots had just won their second consecutive Super Bowl, their third in four years. Tom Brady was 27 and looked primed to become the most decorated quarterback in NFL history.
In that same year, after struggling to find the field behind Tyler Palko, Joe Flacco decided to transfer from the University of Pittsburgh and enroll at the University of Delaware to pursue a career as a quarterback in the NFL.
Fast-forward eight years to January 20, 2013, the date Tyler Palko’s backup beat the Golden Boy for a chance to win Super Bowl XLVII.
A lot has happened in those eight years. Tom Brady, for one, has won two MVPs, become the winningest quarterback in postseason history been to two more Super Bowls, choked in those two Super Bowls, has had one of his three Super Bowl victories questioned after his coach allegedly taped the opponent’s walk-through, torn his ACL and again failed to come through with everything on the line.
To say the least, the past eight years have been up and down for Brady and the Patriots. Yet despite their postseason struggles, the Patriots have reached the playoffs seven out of those eight years (winning the AFC East crown seven times), won at least 10 games in all eight seasons, and have been to four conference championship games in that time span.
While the majority of New England is still in mourning over the Patriots' most recent defeat, there is much to look forward to next season. I’d even venture to say the Patriots will win next year’s Super Bowl. Here’s why.