Well, when you win the Super Bowl, you get placed in the No. 1 spot in our NFL power rankings to close out the season.
And all those who bet against the Patriots during the regular season and into the playoffs, this is what you get. Lesson learned? Let’s hope so.
New England now moves into a tie with the Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins, as both teams now have six. The 49ers now stand in third place with five, as do the Cowboys. It also wouldn’t be a shock to see the Patriots pull off another in the twilight of eventual Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady’s career.
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Meanwhile, head coach Bill Belichick continues to cement his own legacy.
Outside of New England and its fans, the story is old. The rest of the NFL is tired of it. But like the Steelers of the 1970s, the Niners of the 1980s and the Cowboys of the 1990s, the Patriots’ near two-decade run of dominance is going to be something we look upon decades from now with awe.
Especially in this day and age of salary caps and so on.
Speaking of such, the Patriots aren’t going to have a totally ideal offseason, either. As mentioned, there are some pending free agents that were crucial to the Pats’ Super Bowl run. Tight end Rob Gronkowski could finally retire, too.
And 2019 will continue to be filled with questions asking whether or not Brady can continue playing at a high level.
That said, 31 other teams would gladly trade places with the Patriots’ situation right now. And they’d all happily be No. 1 in NFL power rankings as well.