Each week during the season I do a “Foxboro Blog Top 12” post, which is basically a mini power rankings for the best twelve teams in the league. Many people have asked by I do a Top 12 instead of all 32 teams and there’s actually a few reasons. For starters, ranking 32 teams takes a lot of time, so I wanted to cut things down a bit and focus on the best teams. Twelve teams make the playoffs each year, so that seemed like a good number. Plus, this is a Patriots blog and #12 happens to be the number of our franchise quarterback. Twelve just seemed like a good number to go with all around.
In continuing with the Top 12 tradition, I’ve decided to fill the void of the off-season by doing a running countdown of my Top 12 plays from the 2010 season. I used both my memory as well as multiple highlight reels to come up with this list. Since there’s very little else to talk about with the league firmly entrenched in a lock-out/litigation, I’m going to milk this concept for all it’s worth and churn out twelve posts as we count down these plays. Today, we’ll start with #12.
So why does this play make the cut? Well, for starters, it’s a long bomb in the snow, which is both extremely cool and extremely difficult to pull off. However, if you take note of the clock, you’ll remember that this Brady-to-Branch connection took place in the final seconds of the first half. Already leading 27-0, Brady and the Pats showed no signs of taking their foot off the gas and continued to motor until the clock struck 0:00.