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Patriots Have Greatest Near-Miss Dynasty in NFL History: A Fanís Analysis
Yahoo Sports ^ | 6 Feb 2012 | By Robert Dougherty

Posted on 02/06/2012 7:12:54 AM PST by Bill Buckner

The 2012 Super Bowl ultimately went against the New England Patriots by 21-17, much like in 2008. Now that the New York Giants have beaten the Patriots in the final minutes for the second Super Bowl in a row, it has made everyone rethink the legacies of both teams.

New England should have the greatest dynasty in NFL history and even in sports history by now.

While Brady and Belichick still have their three titles, ... they should have six or even seven instead - and that has now started to overshadow the rings they do have. If New England had six or more championships in the last 11 years, it would be the greatest franchise in NFL history and one of the greats in all of sports.

Last year, the Patriots lost a golden chance for potential ring No. 6 when the New York Jets upset them in the divisional playoffs. It is uncertain if New England would have then beaten the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC title game, followed by the red-hot Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl. ...

The Patriots have now lost more potential Super Bowl opportunities than they have won actual Super Bowls, which instantly puts them behind the Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys dynasties of old. Even if Brady and Belichick finally get their fourth championship someday, it won't mean as much because of those losses and because they still should have had so many more rings.

(Excerpt) Read more at sports.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts; US: New York
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Lay off the Team - stuff happens ...
1 posted on 02/06/2012 7:12:57 AM PST by Bill Buckner
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To: Bill Buckner

I’ve had enough. I’m done with the Patriots and I live in MA and work only about 5 miles from the stadium.

DONE.


2 posted on 02/06/2012 7:15:07 AM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: Bill Buckner

5 or 6 titles maybe. The Patriots were no match for the 1985 Chicago Bears and were not near as good as the 1997 Packers.


3 posted on 02/06/2012 7:18:30 AM PST by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: Bill Buckner

I think that Buffalo and Minnesota could both claim that ‘near miss’ Title................


4 posted on 02/06/2012 7:18:37 AM PST by Red Badger (If you are unemployed long enough, you are no longer unemployed.)
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To: Peter from Rutland

I say that EVERY YEAR about the Cowboys...................you’ll be back!......................


5 posted on 02/06/2012 7:19:50 AM PST by Red Badger (If you are unemployed long enough, you are no longer unemployed.)
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To: Bill Buckner
Still the standard for excellence:


6 posted on 02/06/2012 7:23:13 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: JRios1968

Don’t forget about the Four-Time NFL Champion, Detroit Lions.


7 posted on 02/06/2012 7:24:38 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Bill Buckner

Giants- the first seven loss team to win a Super bowl. They stepped up when they had to. The Pats usually sure handed receivers dropped a couple of catchable balls; that, plus a couple of key defensive plays by the Giants, was the difference.

Good game, well worth watching.


8 posted on 02/06/2012 7:24:58 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Red Badger

I will never forget the frustration that was Fran Tarkenton at QB.


9 posted on 02/06/2012 7:25:47 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Bill Buckner
The Patriots have now lost more potential Super Bowl opportunities than they have won actual Super Bowls...

Can't match the old Buffalo Bills; four Super Bowls, no wins.

10 posted on 02/06/2012 7:27:28 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Peter from Rutland; Impy; DarthVader
Me too.

That was a poorly played game yesterday. I knew when Ugg Boy gave the Gnats 2 points right off the bat, they were going to lose. That safety WAS the game. Ugg Boy would only have had to get them into field goal range to eek out a 1 point win.

Montana-Bradshaw-Starr-Unitas: THE BEST. All others are pretenders.

11 posted on 02/06/2012 7:28:05 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (Farewell sweet Rick, we barely knew ye...)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

I think he’s hawking juice machines now...................


12 posted on 02/06/2012 7:29:57 AM PST by Red Badger (If you are unemployed long enough, you are no longer unemployed.)
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To: Bill Buckner

People need to remember the other choice for the Pats is “completely suck”


13 posted on 02/06/2012 7:31:17 AM PST by palmer (Before reading this post, please send me $2.50)
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To: Bill Buckner

Strut your stuff, Redskins fans...you beat the 2012 Super Bowl champs TWICE in one season!


14 posted on 02/06/2012 7:35:48 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

I usually don’t believe in such garbage but when they cut that wide receiver on Saturday, 24 hours before the game, I had a feeling they were going to be ‘cursed’. That’s just a damn cold thing to do to someone. And Ochocinco didn’t do a darn thing either.

I’ve simply had enough. I can’t even get tickets to a game anyway so why bother. I have better things to do on Sundays anyway.


15 posted on 02/06/2012 7:39:37 AM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: JimRed
Can't match the old Buffalo Bills; four Super Bowls, no wins.

The Vikes were also 0-4. What makes the Bills amazing is that they went to four IN A ROW.
16 posted on 02/06/2012 7:41:16 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Paul Tsongas of 2012.)
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To: Bill Buckner

This was a “MISS”!!!

Not a “near miss”!!!


17 posted on 02/06/2012 7:42:35 AM PST by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: Bill Buckner

—While Brady and Belichick still have their three titles, ... they should have six or even seven instead - and that has now started to overshadow the rings they do have. —

This is a really stupid standard. They’ve appeared in 5 of the last 11 (?), impressive enough, and won 3.

Yeah, 85 overmatched, and 97 overmatched, but not as much. And no Brady.


18 posted on 02/06/2012 7:46:26 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Peter from Rutland
I’ve had enough. I’m done with the Patriots and I live in MA and work only about 5 miles from the stadium.

Peter. Get a grip man. It's one freaking game they lost and it went down to the last second. That game could have gone either way in the last minutes. It wasn't like they got blown out.

So they are #2 in the NFL instead of #1. They are still a hell of a good team.

19 posted on 02/06/2012 7:49:30 AM PST by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: JRios1968
Still the standard for excellence:

Maybe for second or third place..


Pittsburgh has won more Super Bowl titles (six), won more AFC Championship Games (eight) and played in (fifteen) and hosted more (eleven) conference championship games than any other AFC or NFC team.

20 posted on 02/06/2012 7:49:34 AM PST by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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