Kevin here. I write this as a non-Patriots fan. After the Patriots won the AFC Championship game against the Jaguars yesterday, I'm hearing a lot of Pats fans say they were so nervous or that they were about to have a heart attack in the fourth quarter when the Pats were down by ten. I'm starting to not understand this sentiment. You know they're going to come back. They always seem to find a way. Did last year's epic 25-point Super Bowl comeback over Atlanta teach you nothing? No team can be comfortable with any lead against the Patriots, no matter how late in the game. Take away Gronk? Brady still found a way. Someone else (or a few someone else's) steps up and picks up the slack. It's getting to be that we've seen this movie before. Again and again. Be it the regular season or the playoffs, the Pats somehow have just enough time on the clock to cobble together a key drive or two to get the job done. It's almost getting so commonplace as to be predictably boring to a non-Pats fan like me who has no skin in the game. My advice for the Super Bowl? Should the Pats find themselves down even late (settle down. They won't), take a pill, relax, remember you've been there before too many times to count and it usually (except for a couple of maddening Super Bowls against the New York Giants) turns out okay. Even with a 40 year-old quarterback. So chill, New England. You'll very likely have a sixth Lombardi very soon. And you very likely won't have to mount a last-minute comeback to get it.
But take your blood pressure medication as prescribed anyway.