Stopping the most dynamic quarterback in the NFL. Keeping the game's premier deep threat under wraps. Blanking a record-breaking tight end. Controlling the clock.
Much will be made of the lack of juice to the Patriots passing attack in this game, and Tom Brady certainly didn’t look like the G.O.A.T against the Titans defence. A number of passes were just off in terms of accuracy, or resulted in incompletions due to the quarterback and receiver not being on the same page. There was a notable instance where Brady seemed frustrated with rookie wideout N’Keal Harry on a failed connection, not for the first time this season.
Belichick, Brady, Watson, Thomas, Bennett, and Gostkowski are all 33 or older. Age is the biggest arrow in the quiver of the Patriots’ critics, and it will be drawn early, ready to be shot out on media should they look less Patriot-like in 2019. What are the chances of that though?
This offseason has seen a surge in teams hiring young, relatively unproven head coaches from the offensive side of the ball. Much of this was attributed to the success the Los Angeles Rams have had with thirty-something Sean McVay reviving the franchise and leading them to the Super Bowl this season behind an offensive juggernaut which racked up massive point and yard totals.
New England Patriots reached an 11th Super Bowl, the ninth of the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick era, as they edged out the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 in overtime after a thrilling AFC Championship game on Sunday night at a cold and snowy Arrowhead Stadium.