Here we find another Cinderella type story coming out of the Bay-state.
I introduce the 2001 New England Patriots—what we now know as the start of the Brady—Belichick era.
Coming off a fifth place finish in Bill Belichick's first season in 2000, the Patriots were not expected to fare much better in 2001.
So they said.
In the second game of the season, Drew Bledsoe, the Patriots number one draft pick, was injured on a hit by Jets linebacker, Mo Lewis (someone who I'd like to shake hands with).
This lead to the backup Tom Brady, a scrawny sixth round pick the year before to enter the game. And thus began the dynasty that is known today.
The Patriots ended up going 11-5 under their new quarterback, making the postseason and making history.
Before all of this went down, the Patriots were not exactly fan favorites around town.
Season after season of mediocrity saw the fan base dwindle, leaving only the die hards with hope for a championship.
Their patience paid off, with style.
We all remember that notorious "Snow Bowl" game where the Patriots played the Oakland Raiders—a game to be remembered with all the drama that unfolded that night.
Tuck rules, spots being shoveled out for kicker Adam Vinatieri, and last second overtime inducing field goals.
The end result is that the Patriots beat the Steelers in the AFC Championship game to reach Superbowl XXXVI—as clear underdogs mind you.
That's where things got interesting.
The Patriots ended up facing off against the "Greatest Show on Turf," the St. Louis Rams high powered offense lead by Kurt Warner and Company.
It was a hell of a game. With the last second heroics from Adam Vinatieri—yet again—the Patriots won Superbowl XXXVI with a 48 yard field goal and seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Some say Vinatieri is the most clutch kicker this league has ever seen.
No argument here.