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Start Slow: A Tortoise and the Hare Story

February 02, 2018

Before the big game gets going, we'll give the SnapCall Sports addicts who read our blog a head start on how we're going to kick off our Eagles vs. Patriots contest event with a $200 VISA GIFT CARD as our grand prize!

What better place to start than, with the start...

Of course, in this story, the Patriots are the tortoise, and just like in the fable (spoiler alert if you never read that one) they probably win. In any case, this info might just give you a leg up when our contest goes live, so consider this some homework.

 

New England has been an offensive juggernaut for years, but they’ve always failed to get off to a strong start in the Super Bowl under Bill Belichick.

In their previous seven trips to the Super Bowl, the Patriots have scored a whopping zero combined points in the first quarter. In fact, on their 13 drives that start and finish in the first quarter, the Patriots have scored -2 points because they gave up a safety to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

On those 13 drives, in addition to that safety, the Patriots punted 10 times, missed a field goal against the Panthers, and threw an interception against the Seahawks.

Zero points in the first quarter? That’s brutal, and the Patriots need to get off to their first fast start in the championship game against the Eagles on Sunday, because they can't keep playing with fire if they want to win convincingly.

Fortunately for the Pats, they always seem to generate some offense in the second quarter. On their five drives that started at the end of the first and carried into the second frame, they’ve scored 10 points (and also had that fumble against the Falcons), and on their 19 drives in the second quarter they’ve scored seven touchdowns and a field goal, in addition to missing a second field goal against the Panthers.

The same issue of a slow start affects New England in the second half, although it’s not as severe. They’ve scored 23 third quarter points in the Super Bowl, versus 71 fourth quarter points. In other words, the average Patriots offensive production is zero points in the first quarter, followed by 10 points, 3 or 4 points, and then 10 more points in the final quarter.

If New England can settle into their offense faster in both halves, then they’ll have addressed their biggest struggle in each trip to the Super Bowl, and likely go home with yet another ring.

Agree or disagree, that's your decision to make on Sunday. Either way, go make your pregame picks on the point spread and over/under NOW on the Schedule page, and join us when the event goes LIVE for your chance at a $200 Visa Gift Card in our contest sponsored by SWX/THQ Sports. Get in the game!