Re: 1st Round Bye with a win over Green Bay?
posted at 12/14/2010 3:24 PM EST
In Response to Re: 1st Round Bye with a win over Green Bay?
[QUOTE]I think you'll see Hoyer in the Buffalo game a bunch. That Welker incident has to loom heavy on BillB's mind. Think if Brady goes down playing the Bills. If we had Welker maybe maybe not the Balt humiliation at the Razor would have been different. We have a lot of Rooks who arn't even playing any games now last year. I bet we start healing after next week.
Posted by Philskiw[/QUOTE]
I am a strong proponent of resting starters in the last game if the seed is locked.
With the Welker loss fresh in BBs mind, I think he knows how bad it would be to lose Brady, Welker, Branch, Wilfork, or McCourty in a meaningless game against the Dolphins in a game without meaning.2006 Season:
In addition to the Welker loss the one that stands out in my mind is losing Rodney Harrison
in a meaningless game against the Titans on the last game of the 2006 regular season. We lost to the Colts that year 38-34 in the AFCCG. Harrison had been huge in some playoff games prior to that (see below), and I feel it is very possible we win that game with him playing.
2003 season:2004 Season:
On January 10, 2004 in the divisional playoff game against the Tennessee Titans, he intercepted Steve McNair, which set up Antowain Smith's touchdown, as New England would hold on for a 17–14 win. In the AFC Championship Game the next week against the Indianapolis Colts, Harrison intercepted Peyton Manning in the end zone and forced a Marvin Harrison fumble recovered by teammate Tyrone Poole. Harrison then went on to help New England Patriots win their second title in three years, against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII, 32–29. He fractured his right arm late in the game, but a Tom Brady-led drive and Adam Vinatieri field goal secured the Patriots' victory. In his tenth year in the league, Harrison earned his first Super Bowl ring.
In the Patriots' divisional playoff game against the Colts, Harrison intercepted Peyton Manning late in the game to end the Colts' last chance. The next week in the AFC Championship, Harrison jumped a Ben Roethlisberger pass and took it 87 yards for a touchdown, helping the Patriots defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 41–27. During the week leading up to the Super Bowl, Harrison got into a verbal feud with Philadelphia Eagles receiver Freddie Mitchell after Mitchell claimed he "had something for Harrison" and did not know the names of the New England secondary. Harrison, in Super Bowl XXXIX, would record seven tackles, a sack, and two interceptions of quarterback Donovan McNabb, despite missing almost an entire quarter due to an injury sustained during the game. The second interception, with ten seconds remaining in the game, preserved a 24–21 Patriot win, ensuring a third championship in four years.