There’s an air of invincibility within reigning NFL champions, the New England Patriots. They haven’t lost a game since January. And just when it seemed like they came close to losing on Sunday, Stephen Gostkowski struck a 54-yard field goal with 1 second remaining as the Patriots edged archrivals New York Giants 27-26 to move to an overwhelming 9-0 season record.
“You’re one kick away from being Public Enemy No. 1,” Gostkowski said after the game. “You’re always one kick away from trending on Twitter as the No. 1 loser in America.
“But it’s fun being on a good team. It’s kind of like being on a baseball team where everybody’s got a hit, and you can’t wait to get up there and get a hit, too,” said the 28-year-old placekicker.
The Giants seemed to have New England’s number when Josh Brown finished his fourth field goal with 1:47 remaining. But these Patriots refuse to go away, regardless of the heavy odds.
After Brown registered his franchise-record 27th straight FG, from 29 yards, Tom Brady drove his Patriots 44 yards, converting a fourth-and-10. Brady got extremely lucky when Giants rookie Landon Collins dropped an interception.
New York (5-5) has given Patriots nightmares under coach Tom Coughlin, including two Super Bowl wins. “Just finish the game,” an annoyed Coughlin said, acknowledging that his team has lost four games in dying moments this season. “You don’t win, they are all miserable. I don’t look at it in terms of degrees. I look at it in terms of frustration that goes along with it because of what could have been. It’s not that far away from being a win. Just finish the thing off,” added the Giants coach.
The 9-0 Patriots will next host Buffalo Bills next Tuesday.