Opinion: New England Patriots ‘underdog’ ploy tiresome but sends them back to Super Bowl

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s so refreshing to see the underdogs finally catch a break.

Dissed and dismissed by seemingly everyone, the New England Patriots proved all the doubters wrong Sunday, reaching the Super Bowl for the – checks notes – third year in a row and ninth time in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady Era. In two weeks, the team no one gave a chance will go for its – checks notes again – sixth Super Bowl title in 18 years.

On a night when the NFL was in flames over a blatant no-call on pass interference that helped the Los Angeles Rams stun the New Orleans Saints, the Patriots restored some sense of order, doing what they always do. What everyone expects them to do, regardless of whatever kind of faux motivation Brady and Co. tried to gin up.

“Everybody thinks we suck,” Brady said after New England’s rout of the Los Angeles Chargers in last week’s divisional round.

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