New Year, Same Team: Patriots Back In The Super Bowl

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By Mary Rose Saad 1/27/18

New England highlighted last season, and clicked copy. This year, they hit paste, and another Super Bowl appearance is coming up next Sunday. As usual, the last eighteen weeks have been filled with “W’s,” but there have also been some bumps in the road to the championship.
As of now, the Patriots are 15-3. One of the three losses was against the Kansas City Chiefs in the season opener, spoiling the Super Bowl LI banner ceremony. However, running back Mike Gillislee became the first Patriots player to score three touchdowns in a debut.
The week afterwards, a road win over the Saints had the Patriots looked like the Patriots again. Tom Brady was comfortable in Gillette Stadium defeating the Texans 36-33 with five touchdowns in week 3.
The Panthers bought the Patriot’s second home loss of the season, with Graham Gano kicking a late 48-yard field goal yard field goal to lift the Panthers to the 33-30 win, leaving them at an un-Patriot like 2-2.
But then the wins started piling up. New England redeemed itself in a Thursday night match against the Buccaneers. In week six, the Patriots didn’t let the Jets take off, coming back from a 14 point deficit against their AFC rival.
Week 7 bought a Super Bowl rematch, without the OT nail biter.The Falcons were defeated on Patriots turf 23-7. The Los Angeles Chargers weren’t a problem either the following week.
After a week 9 bye, the Broncos were pummeled 41-16 at home by a well-rested Patriots team. The Oakland Raiders were humiliated in Mexico the next week, with the Tom Brady throwing for over 300 yards in a 33-8 win.
Miami visited Foxborough the week after, but the Dolphins weren’t able to swim in Gillette stadium, losing 35-17. The Patriots picked up a W over Buffalo, but star tight end Rob Gronkowski was suspended for one game after a late hit on Tre’Davious White.
A week 14 road rematch against the Dolphins bought the Pats their third and final loss of the regular season. New England recovered quickly, picking up a road win over the Steelers and a home win over the Bills. The Patriots defeated the Jets 26-6 at home in the final game of the regular season.
With the top seed in the AFC in hand, the pats enjoyed a bye week before throttling the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round. The Pats set a playoff record, sacking Marcus Mariota eight times in a 35-14 win.

The AFC Championship game between the Pats and the Jags was a nail biter. Though the Patriots were the first to get on the board with a field goal, Jacksonville quickly scored two touchdowns. The Patriots made a 4th quarter comeback to win 24-20 and another trip to the Super Bowl. 

The Patriots hope to make the highlight, copy and paste plan complete with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl on February 4th.

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