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After galloping over the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs to the tune of 166 yards rushing and four rushing touchdowns, LeGarrette Blount finds himself on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated issue.
This comes with mixed feelings for Patriots fans. On one hand, it elicits that warm, fuzzy feeling that Blount (no pun intended) and the rejuvenated Patriots running game gave us during New England’s impressive 43-22 win over the Colts. On the other, the SI cover jinx is a well-documented phenomenon that doesn’t bode well for this weekend’s AFC Championship. Seriously, the Wikipedia page lists over 100 incidents of the “SI cover jinx” — and yes, I counted all of them.
Luckily, this week is one of those times when SI decides to do a series of regional covers, which put the Seattle Seahawks and (more importantly) the Patriots’ opponent, the Denver Broncos, on the SI cover as well. Former Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker has the honor of being the specific jinx target, which makes me hope he didn’t already get the jinx out of his system with those Super Bowl drops. Somehow only the San Francisco 49ers emerged unscathed, which pretty much singlehandedly debunks the “east coast bias” theory, if you ask me (oh, you didn’t? Sorry).
The moral of the story? After being a muffed punt away from a regular season tie, each with their respective Hall of Fame and Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks at the helm, both the Broncos and the Patriots will also be equally jinxed heading into Sunday’s matchup. Is it Sunday yet?