New England Patriots - Road To Super Bowl LIII

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New England Patriots

Regular Season

Record : 11-5

Awards : AFC East Champion

Tom Brady and the Patriots came into the new 2018 season eager to avenge the Super Bowl loss they had suffered to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII. New England had a low activity offseason as it concerns to roster transactions, with much of the New England core returning for the 2018 season.  

Despite high expectations, the Patriots began the season slowly. After beating the Texans by 7 at home, New England registered back to back double digit defeats in weeks 2 and 3. Many spectators and members of the media voiced concern over the Patriots slow start, and wondered if Brady was past his prime, with a 4-3 start falling short of the high standards set in Foxborough.

Brady and the Pats bounced back quick, winning the next six games in a row. A week 10 loss to the Tennessee Titans was the beginning to another semi-rough patch for the Pats, who went 2-3 from weeks 10-15.

The Patriots were able to beat two of their AFC East rivals in the Jets and Bills to finish the season. New England's 11-5 record was enough to win them to win their 10th straight AFC East title, and the 16th in 17 years.



Postseason

Record : 2-0*

(Super Bowl To Be Played February 3rd)

The Patriots were able to sneak into the 2nd seed over the Texans with a head-to-head tiebreaker, earning them a first round bye.

In the AFC divisional round, the Patriots hosted the LA Chargers. Sonny Michel scored three first half touchdowns as the Patriots took a 35-7 lead into halftime. Michel sliced up LA all day, running for 129 and TD as Brady had his way with the Chargers defense as well, recording 343 yards and a TD on 34-44 passing. The Patriots advanced with a 41-28 win.

The #1 and #2 seeded teams met in the AFC Championship game, with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs hosting the Pats. New England held a 14-0 lead at halftime, but the offenses were just getting started. Kansas City quickly moved the ball down the field for a touchdown, starting the half quick. Mahomes and Brady each took turns driving their respective teams up the field late in the game, with both teams combining for 38 points in the fourth quarter. Kansas City was able to force overtime, but Brady and the Pats never let Mahomes see the field as New England  won the OT coin toss and scored a game winning touchdown on the first drive.

Another year, another Brady Super Bowl appearance. New England is heading to its third straight Super Bowl, fifth in the last decade. The Patriots are favored in this one against the LA Rams, with a win giving the franchise its 6th Super Bowl.

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