Ah yes, just couldn't help throwing the big, bad Patriots into the mix. But the 2001 team followed its magical script perfectly. You have to give them that.
After losing their first two games as QB Drew Bledsoe suffered a collapsed lung, the Patriots won 11 of their last 13 and won the AFC East behind some rookie QB named Tom Brady.
In the “Tuck Rule” playoff game amidst a Foxboro snowstorm versus Oakland, a late-game Brady fumble was overturned and led to Adam Vinatieri making two of the most incredible kicks in NFL history.
Still, the Patriots journey took an ironic twist the following week against the Steelers, as Bledsoe came off the bench to replace an injured Brady and lead New England to the AFC Championship.
Bledsoe had done his part, and Brady returned the following week to lead the Pats over “The Greatest Show on Turf” Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.
Isn't it strange, but fitting, that the first Super Bowl winner in the wake of the 9-11 attacks just happened to be a team nicknamed the Patriots, wearing red, white, and blue?