Thanks to a field goal and a safety, of all things, by Ty Warren following Faulk's catch. In postgame press conferences Bill Belichick actually seemed in good spirits, joking with reporters and actually full-on laughing at one point.
I want to point out, as the talking heads are already ranting about it, that when the Patriots were booed coming off the field in the first half it was because they weren't going for it with little time remaining in the second quarter, not because of how they'd played overall. If they were going to get booed for playing poorly, it would've started on the first play of the game. I mean, yeah, the fans in this town are a little on edge thanks to the baseball team, but give us a little credit.
One of said talking heads was also gloating on his predicted final score of 17-16 being closest to correct. He was doing a nice little smug jig on the postgame show about how the Patriots are missing some personnel, and we should all just "get used to this." WTF. I am the freakin' media, okay, just in another field, and I cannot stand the sports media in this town. I understand not wanting to appear as if they're in the teams' back pockets, but there's a difference between that and gloating at misfortune.
Or gnitpicking about details in order to cling to one's talking points for dear life. Said talking head, I think it was Michael Felger, kept repeating that the Patriots need Ben Watson to be a special player for them without Deion Branch, and that he was not a special player today.
Jesus Christ. In the aftermath of that first play, I didn't even think we'd win. The Pats have now won 6 home openers in a row. They've still won three of the last five Super Bowls. They've gotten a crucial first win off the ground against a team that was clearly playing with no holds barred right out of the gate. If there's anything you can fault them for, it's being knocked back on their heels a little bit in the first half. But that Buffalo team was playing to win today, from the very first second. You have to give them credit. And give the Patriots even more credit for still beating them, despite how likely an upset looked heading into halftime.
Yet Felger's entire analysis is that "The Patriots were only two points better than a bad Buffalo team today." I really wonder if he was watching the same game I was.
See what happens when, because of a desire to watch Bill Belichick's press conference, I allow even two minutes of the pundits to sink in? This is why I normally avoid them.
P.S. My heart goes out to Trent Green and his family. Nobody deserves what happened to him today. Here's hoping he has a speedy recovery.
P.P.S. Troy Aikman and Joe Buck keep calling Deion Branch's name during the Jacksonville-Dallas game on FOX, but I can't find anything about our Deion Branch going to the Cowboys. Are Aikman / Buck just messing up? Or did something happen here?