More often than not, teams that rise to greatness use adversity as a springboard at some point before their ascent. The 2003 Patriots jettisoned franchise mainstay Lawyer Milloy a week before the season opener at Buffalo. Milloy ended up with the Bills and played a significant role in BuffaloÆs 31-0 Week one pasting of the Patriots. It was a stunning and brisk series of events that culminated with ESPNÆs Tom Jackson proclaiming ôthey hate their coach.ö New England proceeded to win 34 of its next 37 games and back-to-back Super Bowls. The 2007 Giants, an exceptionally talented yet wildly inconsistent outfit, took the PatriotsÆ quest for a perfect season as an affront to their manhood, and spilled blood in a meaningless Week 17 defeat. The first ever moral victory in football galvanize ...
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