Tonight’s the night. The New England Patriots vs the 1972 Miami Dolphins.
Betcha thought we were playing the Giants, didn’t you? Technically yes, but definitive history might be made tonight, and it all comes down to who played the best season of football in NFL history.
Now—again…technically—the Patriots have already played the best season of football. We went 16-0 and the ’72 Dolphins went 14-0 because the season was shorter then. But…
And there’s that pesky word.
If we don’t win the Superbowl, the Patriots will forever be haunted by the “but…”
The Patriots had a perfect season at 16-0, but… the Dolphins went all the way in ’72.
A lot of people think the Superbowl is irrelevant to the season record and technically they would be right. But all roads—all games, all stats, all everything—lead to the Superbowl. Statistics aside, you didn’t have a perfect season if you didn’t win the big game.
So while the Patriots may be taking the field against the Giants tonight, they’re actually battling against the but…