As a die-hard Miami Dolphins fan in an unfair AFC East rivalry for so long a time, I regret to be writing this.
Consider this a history lesson:
Adam Vinatieri's 48-yd FG with :09 sec. remaining lifted the Patriots to a 20-17 victory over the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. It was the franchise's first ever NFL title.
After that, everything changed.
Ofcourse, little did anyone know that his game-winning kick would mark the beginning of a 17+ year football dynasty.
Prior to the 2001-02 season, their first Super Bowl winning year, New England had only 10 playoff appearances since their 1960 inaugural season. They did however, have 2 Super Bowl appearances, losing both of them. But they wouldn't be close to as good as they are now.
Since 2002, including the arrival of Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots have 14 playoff appearances and 7 Super Bowl appearances, winning 5 of them.
That's right. 0-2 in Super Bowls prior to 2002, and 5-2 since. What a remarkable trend in the franchise's destiny.
Their nine Super Bowl appearances are the most in NFL History, the last of which was easily among the best ever.
In Super Bowl LI the Patriots overcame deficits of 21-0 and 28-3 and defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime to win their fifth NFL title in franchise history. It was the largest comeback and first ever overtime session in the history of the Super Bowl.
The previous Super Bowl deficit overcome prior to that? 10 points.
Tom Brady has always been the key factor during New England's successful run, and none better than in his latest Super Bowl triumph. All he did was lead his team back from a 25-point deficit into overtime and putting a stamp on it on the very first possession, all while throwing for 466 yards on 43 completions in 62 attempts. All Super Bowl records.
It all came against a team with arguably the best offense the NFL has seen.
Brady is the first ever 4-time Super Bowl MVP (most by a player)
Brady is a 5-time Super Bowl Champion (most by a QB)
Hall of Fame head coach Bill Belichick is the first ever 5-time Super Bowl winning coach
It's imperative. New England is the best franchise the NFL has witnessed thus far.