Leaping, a 6 foot 6 inch tight end catches the pass, and quickly a defender slams his helmet directly into the knee of a super star. During the December 8, 2013 match-up between the New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns, a traumatizing hit to the knee of Rob Gronkowski left the fans in awe. Running up the field with a perfectly thrown pass from Tom Brady, it seemed that the Patriots were in a good position to score, trailing the Browns 19-6. Soon after the hit, Rob Gronkowski was carted off of the field, the situation was not looking too good. Many figured that when Rob Gronkowski went down, the Patriots players would be hanging up their cleats until next year, but an outstanding performance led the team to victory clinching a spot and a bye weekend in the playoffs. Earlier in the year defensive tackle, Vince Wilfork, went down during a matchup with the Falcons. It was determined that he suffered from a torn Achilles tendon in his right foot and that he would be unable to return to finish the season. For the past four years, Wilfork has been a dominant defensive threat with his size and strength.
Just this past weekend on January 11th, the rain didn’t hold back the thousands of fans who had their playoff tickets. The Patriots took on the Indianapolis Colts with Andrew Luck who has been a key component to the Colts offense. Although, the experienced Tom Brady used all of his talent and came out with a quick 14-0 lead within the first few snaps. LeGarrette Blount came alive for the Patriots offense finishing the game with four touchdowns including a 73 yard run. That Patriots picked off three of the Colts quarterback Andrew Luck’s passes and turned them into touchdowns. The Patriots held on to win remarkably 43-22, advancing them to their third consecutive AFC Championship.
Next weekend, Tom Brady and the Patriots will be facing the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning. The Broncos have had a successful season and should give the Patriots a good fight. Former Patriot, Wes Welker, will have the Patriots defense on their toes with his quickness and skill in the game of football. Be sure to tune in Sunday January 19th at 3:00 to see a football game you won’t want to miss.
As it appears, the Patriots season has been a success and their continuous devotion to the game of football is evident in the beads of sweat dripping off of them after each and every practice. Will this be another Championship? Patriot’s fans had to put their faith into the hands of head coach Bill Belichick.
By: Ashley Harding