It’s been almost two full days now. Everybody has had a chance to breathe, soak in the reality of what happened on Sunday night at Gillette Stadium, and look forward to the — get ready to yawn — Jacksonville Jaguars.
Their was definitely some fallout to the 41-34 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The Patriots probably won’t get a bye and probably will play some combination of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Denver and Houston before even sniffing some NFC power and a fourth Lombardi Trophy.
But there were also some good things, in fact 10 good things, emanating as the silver lining from the loss:
1. Brady won’t win MVP.
This is good news? Yes. With Tom Brady having his first double-interception game, in a loss, the MVP momentum immediately shifted to Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and his quest for Eric Dickerson’s season rushing record of 2,105 yards in 1984. Patriots fans seems to worry too much about statistics and awards. It’s not worth the energy.
2. Pats didn’t quit.
What happened when the Patriots led the Texans by three touchdowns eight days ago? They decided they didn’t want to participate in the competition any more and they finished the game getting pummeled. To the Patriots credit, despite being outcoached and outplayed, they played their best football. It’s a great a sign going forward.
3. Brady figured it out.
While it hasn’t happened often — usually on the road in “hostile” territory — how many times have we seen Brady and the offense get shut down completely and decisively by a very good defense? Maybe a once or twice a year. Well, it happened Sunday night and the Patriots and Brady figured it out. Again, after some lackluster playoff performances on offense, this was a welcome sight.
4. Gronk will be back soon.