Pats fans may think it’s silly to call this a bold prediction, but chew on this: January 20, 2008 was the last time the Patriots won a playoff game. That was the AFC Championship game against the Chargers.
Since then, New England has lost three straight in the postseason. Put in further perspective, Tom Brady has more ACL tears than playoff victories since 2008. But why will this year prove any different from past seasons that have seen postseason setback after setback?
It’s because this Patriots team will be ready to take the next step. Sure, last year New England had an impressive 14-2 season. But many people forget they weren’t supposed to be so good so soon.
When push came to shove, a young Patriots team (especially on defense) just couldn’t handle the moment in their playoff loss to the Jets. But if the young defense continues to make strides and mature as a unit in 2011 and Tom Brady still performs at an MVP-caliber level, then this year’s unit will finally win a playoff game.
In fact, they’ll win a few playoff games, because…