The "Unamed Source" is famous in media circles these days. This one in particular works in local sports media, but for any number of reasons, wants to stay anonymous.
Did you know the Patriots haven’t won a road playoff game since the middle of George W. Bush’s second term?
It’s true, in fact, during the entire Brady/Belichick era, the Patriots have only won 3 road playoff games. The 2001 & 2004 AFC championship games, both at Pittsburgh and the 2006 Divisional playoff at San Diego, which is the last road playoff game the Patriots have won. To put that into perspective, in 2006 Stephen Gostowski was a rookie and this game was played 10 months BEFORE The Departed was released.
The Patriots have lost 4 of 7 road playoff games
BUT 3 of those losses were in Denver and 3 of them (a different 3) involved Peyton Manning. 2005 was Brady/Belichick’s first playoff loss and it happened in Denver to the Jake Plummer led Broncos. Then the following year the Patriots blew an early lead at Indy in the AFC championship game. Tack on the 2 losses at Denver this decade in the title game and there are your 4 losses.
Maybe a good omen for the Patriots is that this Sunday’s title game won’t be played a mile above sea level or involve Peyton Manning.
Of the 38 playoff games in the Brady/Belichick era, THEY’VE ONLY PLAYED 7 ROAD GAMES!
I want to wrap this up on a positive note. It is absolutely insane to:
Play 38 playoff games with the same coach and quarterback.
Play 31 of those 38 games at home.
Reach the AFC title game 13 times in 16 playoff trips (including the current streak of 8 years in a row while Brady falls off of the cliff.)
Have a first round bye 9 years in a row. (Let alone win 10 division titles in a row, with Brady still falling off of that cliff.)