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Kenny F'ing Powers

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Dee Ford - a solid, albeit unspectacular player - has added his name to the list of non-Patriot players that Patriots fans will always remember. 15 years from now, when someone mentions Dee Ford, we'll all know exactly who he was and why we're smiling.

Good or bad, who else you got?

Edit: I suppose I could start.

Mark Sanchez
David Tyree
Freddy Mitchell

Double edit: as a Pat's fan with what I consider above average knowledge, if I dont know why you mentioned the player, you owe me $5.
 
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Russel Wilson
Pete Carroll
John "play for OT" Madden
Walt Coleman

Honorable mention for Jermaine Kearse, who almost joined the Tyree/Manningham section of the list.
 

Kenny F'ing Powers

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Russel Wilson
Pete Carroll
John "play for OT" Madden
Walt Coleman

Honorable mention for Jermaine Kearse, who almost joined the Tyree/Manningham section of the list.
It's funny you mention Kearse. I'm playing a game of Madden and saw him, and his name was the genesis for this thread. You've earned a cookie.
 

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Kasay is a fantastic mention.

Unreal that he launched a ball out of bounds in that spot. How often does that happen over the course of an NFL year? Twice?
 

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Nate Clements for his almost game-changing almost season-changing almost history-altering almost fumble recovery
 

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Marlon McCree. All he had to do was knock the pass down. Or drop it. Or not try to return it.
 

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This is a great pull, mostly because his name and career are so nondescript that I came here to post "that DB from the Steelers".

I'll go with Ricky Proehl, whose contributions to this category are among the most poetic.
 

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Dee Ford - a solid, albeit unspectacular player - has added his name to the list of non-Patriot players that Patriots fans will always remember. 15 years from now, when someone mentions Dee Ford, we'll all know exactly who he was and why we're smiling.

Good or bad, who else you got?

Edit: I suppose I could start.

Mark Sanchez
David Tyree
Freddy Mitchell

Double edit: as a Pat's fan with what I consider above average knowledge, if I dont know why you mentioned the player, you owe me $5.

Why the fuck would we be smiling at the mention of Tyree?
 

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Here's a good one: Frank Wycheck.

14-14 game in the freezing cold against Tennessee. Patriots turn the ball over at midfield late in the third quarter. On first down, the Titans try a double pass, but Willie reads it all the way and ends up tackling Wycheck for a 10-yard loss in what goes down as a sack of a non-quarterback passer in the books. Tennessee ends up punting and the end game turns into a field position battle which the Patriots ending up winning after a Troy Brown fourth down conversion and a Vinatieri field goal that was good by a foot.
 

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A tangent: The Patriots have had a few situations where they knocked teams out of field goal range in big moments. It happened last week against the Chiefs. It obviously happened in the Atlanta Super Bowl as you note. It happened in the 2004 divisional game where McNair took an intentional grounding penalty in the final drive down 3 in field goal range. And it happened in the 2006/7 Chargers division game. I wonder if it happened any other times.

Another tangent would be fourth down conversion attempts. When in the playoffs have the Patriots chosen to go on fourth where it wasn't desperation -- that is, where it really was a choice instead of them being down and having no choice but to try or lose on kneel downs. There were two last week -- one successful and one not. Troy Brown had the catch against the Titans to set up the winning field goal on fourth down. Down 8 with about 5-6 minutes left the Patriots went for it on fourth down against the Chargers and converted in a very unusual way after the strip of the pick. Against Atlanta down 11 they chose to take the three points instead of trying the very long conversion on fourth and goal. Any others?

Edit: Actually they were down 19 when they kicked v. Atlanta.
 

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A tangent: The Patriots have had a few situations where they knocked teams out of field goal range in big moments. It happened last week against the Chiefs. It obviously happened in the Atlanta Super Bowl as you note. It happened in the 2004 divisional game where McNair took an intentional grounding penalty in the final drive down 3 in field goal range. And it happened in the 2006/7 Chargers division game. I wonder if it happened any other times.

Another tangent would be fourth down conversion attempts. When in the playoffs have the Patriots chosen to go on fourth where it wasn't desperation -- that is, where it really was a choice instead of them being down and having no choice but to try or lose on kneel downs. There were two last week -- one successful and one not. Troy Brown had the catch against the Titans to set up the winning field goal on fourth down. Down 8 with about 5-6 minutes left the Patriots went for it on fourth down against the Chargers and converted in a very unusual way after the strip of the pick. Against Atlanta down 11 they chose to take the three points instead of trying the very long conversion on fourth and goal. Any others?

Edit: Actually they were down 19 when they kicked v. Atlanta.
They converted a 4th down on the winning FG drive in OT vs. the Raiders in the Snow Bowl

The Cooks play in the Super Bowl last year wasn't necessary.

And wasn't the Brady drop also on 4th down?
 

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Brandon Graham.

No strip sack and Brady almost surely drives the team down for a W to get #6.
 

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A tangent: The Patriots have had a few situations where they knocked teams out of field goal range in big moments. It happened last week against the Chiefs. It obviously happened in the Atlanta Super Bowl as you note. It happened in the 2004 divisional game where McNair took an intentional grounding penalty in the final drive down 3 in field goal range. And it happened in the 2006/7 Chargers division game. I wonder if it happened any other times.

Another tangent would be fourth down conversion attempts. When in the playoffs have the Patriots chosen to go on fourth where it wasn't desperation -- that is, where it really was a choice instead of them being down and having no choice but to try or lose on kneel downs. There were two last week -- one successful and one not. Troy Brown had the catch against the Titans to set up the winning field goal on fourth down. Down 8 with about 5-6 minutes left the Patriots went for it on fourth down against the Chargers and converted in a very unusual way after the strip of the pick. Against Atlanta down 11 they chose to take the three points instead of trying the very long conversion on fourth and goal. Any others?

Edit: Actually they were down 19 when they kicked v. Atlanta.
Technically, it was the 1st game of the season, and they were still in field goal range, but McGinest sacking Manning in 2004 to push it from a 35 yard FG to a 47 yard one was pretty big one.
 

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and two of my nominations for the original topic:
Zach Piller
Kordell Stewart
(for statements made after the games more than their play during it)
 

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Here's a footnote: on the Troy Brown punt return TD vs. Pittsburgh in the first AFCCG, the Steelers first punt was actually a beauty that landed near the sidelines and bounce another 10-15 yards. But the Steelers were called for illegal formation on the play. The officials mistakenly moved the spot of the ball to the opposite hashmark. Troy Brown then returned the punt 55 yards to glory. "Touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, Troy Brown!"

My favorite part of the play was that the Patriots vice players had knocked one of the Steelers gunners literally back into his own end zone by the time Troy scored the TD.
 

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Lee Flowers is a great add .
Brady completed 12 of 18 passes for 115 yards before leaving the game. He faced constant pressure from linebacker Jason Gildon, who was all over the field. Late in the first half, Brady sprained his ankle when Lee Flowers crawled over a body and rolled into the back of his legs. No penalty was called.

Bledsoe entered with 1:40 remaining in the first half and hit David Patten on a 15-yard pass to the Steelers 25 for a first down. He was forced to run for 4 yards, and Chad Scott’s big sideline hit, knocking Bledsoe way out of bounds, looked eerily like the Lewis blast in the second game of the season. The officials did not throw a flag, because even though Scott left his feet, Bledsoe was not yet out of bounds when he was crunched.

Bledsoe, who cut his chin on the play, got right back up, and appeared fired-up. He found Patten for 10 yards to the 11, and then threw a beauty of a TD pass to Patten in the right corner of the end zone with 58 seconds remaining.

His play after all that time off was nothing short of extraordinary.

“He gets very few reps,” said offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. “I’d say he should be proud. That’s a pretty hard thing we asked him to do.”

It was 14-3 at the half, and who could have scripted it?

Belichick was asked if Brady could have continued.

“He could have gone back out and played, but I just felt like the way things were going we were better at that point in time [with Bledsoe],” the coach said. “We were better with a healthy Drew Bledsoe with not knowing where Tom was with his injury.”