By Brendon Rosenau, Patriots Daily Staff
I’ve sat down to write about the 2001 Patriots close to hundred times. No matter how I compose the words, nothing seems to do justice to what exactly this team means to the franchise and to the fan base. This is the ultimate Patriots team. This is the team we never thought we would see. They may not have been the most talented, but they were damn sure the most exciting. Aside from a week one loss, every game seemed to deliver some type of drama or new storyline. I vividly remember watching nearly every game with my father as we simply couldn’t believe that the games the Pats usually lose, they were finding ways to win. All with a second year quarterback we had never heard of while the franchise signal caller waited on the bench.
Instead of going on and on and listing the countless memorable moments, what I have decided to do is open up this special season to the readers. I will get the ball rolling with some of my favorite memories of the year and I invite you all to do the same.
- Bryan Cox lays a thundering blow on Indy’s Jerome Pathon in Brady’s first start.
- David Patten throws a TD, runs a TD and catches a TD pass in another blowout of the Colts.
- Patten again. This time he makes a catch that he likely doesn’t remember in a overtime win at Buffalo.
- Drew Bledsoe comes off the bench a throws a TD pass in the playoff against Pittsburgh. A team that had already booked its hotel in New Orleans.
- The Patriots come out as a team before the start of the Super Bowl.
I left off some fairly obvious ones. You guys can grab those and please share your favorite memories. Myself and all our loyal readers here at PD are anxiously anticipating your responses.
- Tom Brady (14 GS) 63.9, 2843, 18-12, 86.5 rating (6th NFL) 11-3 record
- Antowain Smith 1157, 12 TD (T-2nd)
- Troy Brown 101 catches (5th), 1199 (10th), 5TD; 2 PR TD (1st), 14.2 average (1st)
- David Patten 51, 749, 4 TD
- Adam Vinatieri 113 points (T-9th)
- Lawyer Milloy 112 tackles, 2 INT for TD (T-1st)
- Bobby Hamilton 7 sacks
- Willie McGinest 6 sacks
- Anthony Pleasant 6sacks
- Otis Smith 5 INT, 2 INT TD (T-1st)
Troy Brown, Lawyer Milloy
Tom Brady, Brown, Ty Law, Milloy