NFL America's Game: New England Patriots
With three Super Bowl wins in four years (2001-2004) - a feat equaled only by the Dallas Cowboys - the New England Patriots have established themselves as the first NFL dynasty of the 21st century. They did it by tackling adversity like few teams in history.
In week two of the 2001 season, Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe too a vicious blow from Jets linebacker Mo Lewis. The season seemed lost. But backup Tom Brady stepped in - and New England sports history was changed forever. Brady would drive the Patriots 53 yards to set up Adam Vinatieri's game winning field goal in Super Bowl XXXVI.
Less then a week before the start of the 2003 season, head coach Bill Belichick released Pro Bowl safety Lawyer Milloy. His replacement, Rodney Harrison, and linebackers Tedy Bruschi and Willie McGinest led a defense that allowed the fewest points in the league that season. In Super Bowl XXXVIII, Tomy Brady out-gunned the Carolina Panthers, 32-29.
In 2004, injuries weakened a once-dominant defense- but New England played on with a patchwork secondary that included 33 year old wide receiver Troy Brown. After the Patriots beat Pittsburgh's Ben Rothlisberger for the AFC Championship, all that stood between them and a third world title in four seasons was the most fearsome receiver in the game - Philadelphia's Terrell Owens, in Super Bowl XXXIX.
America's Game: The New England Patriots features exclusive interviews with Lawyer Milloy, Adam Vinatieri and Tom Brady(2001); Rodney Harrison, Willie McGinest and Mike Vrabel(2003); and Bill Belichick, Troy Brown and Tedy Bruschi(2004). Join NFL Films as they tell the story of the New England Patriots' bid to become a Super Bowl dynasty.