7. 2003 (against Carolina Panthers)
“they just barely eked out a Super Bowl win over Jake Delhomme (he had a pretty great game, to be fair) and the Carolina Panthers.”
6. 2001 (against St. Louis)
“The first team of the dynasty obviously sits toward the bottom because Brady was a rookie pushed into action when Drew Bledsoe went down.
5. 2011 (Giants)
“Another team that caught fire at the end of the season, only to run into the New York Giantsfor a second time in the Super Bowl. But the defense was just average, finishing 15th in points allowed that year.”
4. 2016 (Falcons)
“Are they really that good or is the competition weak? That explains why they’re smack dab in the middle of this list.”
3. 2014 (Seahawks)
“…Yes, they were one play away from losing the Super Bowl. But it’s hard to argue with a defense that could do it all”
2. 2004 (Eagles)
“When I think of the Patriots dynasty, this is the team I’ll think of.”
1. 2007 (Giants)
“If the 16-0 Pats hadn’t run into the Giants’ pass rush and the Helmet Catch, this squad would be in the conversation for greatest team in NFL history.”
Going back over these Super Bowls you realize that the Patriots have never won an “easy” Super Bowl. All of these Super Bowls were games late into the 4th quarter, being decided by 4 points or less. The endings of the last 3 Super Bowls were some of the best Super Bowl finishes, in terms of excitement. All three had unbelievable catches in do or die situations against the Patriots. Luckily for the Patriots, Pete Carroll refused to use Marshawn Lynch and Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson. This has been an amazing run for Belichick and Brady and they have given us great games, lets hope that Sunday is no different.