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Kicking in Football’s Door: The Story of the 2001 Patriots

Published by on May 30, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

Coming into 2001, the New England Patriots had only been to the Super Bowl twice, suffering defeat to the Bears and the Packers.

In 2001, the Patriots seemed to have no chance of making the playoffs. They had a tough fight ahead of them, battling the hot Steelers, the Raiders, and the defending champion Ravens.

Through week 2, the Patriots were 0-1 and facing the defensive minded Jets when Drew Bledsoe ran a scramble play that knocked him out for the season.

Everybody thought the Patriots would lose the game and not go to the playoffs until their sixth-round pick Tom Brady came into the game and led the Patriots to a spot in the playoffs with a 11-5 record.

The Patriots clinche...

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