Sunday, December 30, 2007
The New England Patriots made history on December 29, 2007 when they successfully completed a 16-0 winning season. Their winning streak is the first NFL league team perfect winning season since the Dolphins who went 14-0. This NFL one for the record books streak has received the seal of approval from the last triumphant football team to take their winning streak as closely to the end of the season 1972.
“I don’t really think that breaking Jerry Rice’s record (for touchdown catches in one season) was special. I think shutting you guys up was special - all my critics,” said Moss last night at Giants Stadium. The record-setting Patriots completing the first 16-0 regular season in NFL history with their win over the New York Giants 38-35. “It’s a good feeling to come in (to New England) and have a good season like this, to know I could still get it done.”
Quarterback Tom Brady said of his teams historical moment, “It’s the God’s-honest truth: I never really thought about (the record) or tried to play any differently than I always do, which is to try and find the open guy and throw him the ball.” Brady also set a NFL record for touchdown passes in a season almost superseding his team’s historical accomplishments all on his own.
The achievement also known as the “perfect storm “ will be known for the history books and actual account of the final regular-season totals of the 2007 Patriots season as that which brought Brady and Moss together in flawless form. Brady passed for a club-record 4,806 yards taking the position as the third most in NFL history and managed 50 touchdowns. In doing so he also broke the previous mark of 49 set by Peyton Manning.
While, Moss caught 98 passes for a club-record 1,493 yards and 23 touchdowns marking one more than the mark set by Rice (22 in just 12 games) during the strike-shortened 1987 season. “I really feel blessed to be in this position,” said a sincere and reflective Moss. “There are certain things in your life you don’t want to (let) pass, and this was one of those things - coming to the New England Patriots and playing championship-caliber football.”