How the Patriots Make Good Teams Implode

There's no point in believing anyone can beat the Patriots anymore.

Danny Amendola #80 of the New England Patriots celebrates a touchdown with Chris Hogan #15 in the fourth quarter during the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Jaguars had a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead during the AFC championship game. They had played a nearly perfect first half and their running game during the first two quarters was effective. The Jags defense even flustered Tom Brady and managed to sack him twice. But then when the Patriots bounced back with a touchdown drive late in the first half, they gave the ball back to Jacksonville with 55 seconds and two timeouts to work with at their own 25-yard line. And they decided to kneel, despite having plenty of time to work to move into field goal position and an offense that had played incredibly well.

But this is what the Patriots do, and have done, for almost two decades. They consistently turn good teams into shells of themselves. The Patriots don’t find themselves in bad positions very frequently, but when they do, they have the ability to make the other team doubt itself and slowly implode.

There is no point believing that any team could beat the Patriots. Not to say it can’t and won’t happen — the Eagles did look good during their 31-point win against the Vikings in Philadelphia — but the Patriots have the ability to make even the most skilled football team look like just any other football team.

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