The New England Patriots are currently gearing up to face their longtime AFC East rival Miami Dolphins away at Sun Life Stadium. The featured Monday night contest will provide its fair share of challenges due to their past success rate in South Beach. Despite Quarterback Tom Brady’s encouraging 40-11 record against all AFC East opponents, he is just 3-5 vs. the Dolphins on the road.
“It’s a tough contest for us every time we go down there and play those guys,” said Brady in a recent interview. “What it means is that there isn’t a lot of margin for error down there. As an offense, we have to understand they have a very good defense and they play well at home. I’m sure this week will be no different.” The Pats are coming off a hard fought 38-30 victory over the Buffalo Bills at home. Hopefully the momentum will carry over with Miami, Baltimore and San Diego next on schedule. Purchase your New England Patriots tickets right here at AceTicket.com!
Drew Brees completed 32 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns to claim MVP rights while leading his New Orleans Saints past the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 Sunday at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL. New Orleans fans have waited 43 years for the Saints to win it all, and Brees was certainly estatic to give his beloved city a reason to celebrate.
“Just to think of the road we’ve all traveled, the adversity we’ve all faced,” said Brees. “It’s unbelievable. I mean, are you kidding me? Four years ago, whoever thought this would be happening…We just all looked at one another and said, ‘We’re going to rebuild together. We are going to lean on each other.’ That’s what we’ve done the last four years and this is the culmination in all that belief.”
Indianapolis was in control from the start, posting 10 in the first quarter while holding the Saints scoreless through the entire block. New Orleans then battled for two field goals before heading into the locker room to make it 10-6. Following a Saints onside kick recovery, Brees marched his men down field to earn their first lead of the contest.
Manning and Co. were able to bounce right back for six to reclaim the advantage, but from there it was all about the Saints. The final dagger came with 3:12 left in regulation when Tracy Porter jumped out for a 74 yard interception return. “Made a great play,” said Manning in disappointment after the game. “Corner made a heck of a play.”
The Saints are set to join the rest of New Orleans at the parade Tuesday afternoon. “It means everything,” said Brees. “We’re here because of their strength and everything they fought through here the last few years. They’ve given us so much support, so we owe it all to our fans.”
Super Bowl XLIV will host the 16-2 Indianapolis Colts and 15-3 New Orleans Saints at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL Sunday, February 7th at 6 PM ET. Peyton Manning was able to lead his Colts past the New York Jets with ease compared to the way New Orleans willed themselves over the Minnesota Vikings at home.
Historically at least one of the top two organizations will fall at some point in the earlier rounds. The 2010 NFL playoffs will feature the two premier teams who have stayed consistent since week 1, further emphasizing the recent success of the passing game over all other strategies.
Both Indianapolis and New Orleans racked up a total of 4,350+ yards passing through 16 games. The Saints have shown a more balanced attack with the run game supplied by Pierre Thomas, Mike Bell and Reggie Bush. The Colts haven’t showcased any sort of rushing dominance, but Manning and Co. can certainly cover ground to make up for any other flaws. The four-time MVP will look to solidify his quarterback legacy with a second Super Bowl title in four years.
Saints QB Drew Brees won’t back down without a fight as he tries to bring the city of New Orleans their first Lombardi trophy in franchise history. “It was as loud as I have ever heard it in the dome,” said Brees after edging the Vikings in OT. “It feels so good to know we have given our fans an NFC championship. We have another championship to go after in two weeks.” Purchase your Super Bowl XLIV tickets right here with us at Ace!
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