On Sunday, November 13, the 2011 New England Patriots played their rival team, the New York Jets, on the Jets’ home field, MetLife Stadium. Going into the game, many critics saw the Patriots as primarily the team who would not come out with the win. On Thursday, November 17, the Denver Broncos were seen as the losers before entering their game against the Jets. Critics hypothesized that Tim Tebow just couldn’t handle it. And now, on November 18, it has come the attention of the nation: the critics were wrong. As to not downplay the Jets’ greatness on the field, it seems as if their momentum just wasn’t up to their standards the past week and a half, going into their games against the Patriots and the Broncos, only 5 days apart from each other. The Patriots blew the Jets out, 37-16. Seen as the underdogs, the Patriots went into the Jets game, potential keys to their team sitting out such as SS Patrick Chung with a foot injury, and CB Devin McCourty left the game with an injury that was reported as a separated right shoulder, they still managed to pull off a most impressive win in this AFC east match-up.
In the Jets vs. Broncos game, Tim Tebow was the ultimate underdog to many. Half of the nation loves him. The other half doesn’t find him ready for the NFL. However, what happens? Tebow runs it in for a touchdown seconds before the end of this match-up and wins the game for the Broncos (of course with others helping him along the way), 17-13.
So, what does this tell us? Don’t look over the underdog. It happens in life all of the while, whether it be occurring in a sport or in a more personal aspect of living; and for the Patriots and the Broncos, being the underdog only helped to exceed the will of their success.
By: Petra Chung