Former Patriots great Julian Edelman lists his five least favorite teams to face in the NFL playoffs

Julian Edelman, who played for the New England Patriots from 2009-2020, played a key role in helping the franchise remain a consistent powerhouse and threat in the AFC, including three Super Bowl victories during his tenure. He was even named Super Bowl MVP in one of them. As a member of the Patriots, the wide receiver started 15 playoff games, playing a total of 19 and winning 13 of them.

Edelman was dominant in the playoffs for the Pats, setting both franchise records and NFL records throughout his career. Despite missing the playoffs in 2012 and 2017 due to injuries, upon retiring he ranked second in catches in NFL playoff history (118), behind Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. He was second only to Rice in most receiving yards in playoff history (1,442) and most 100-yard receiving games in playoff history (6).

Even the most dominant players in the playoffs still have teams they don’t like playing against. Edelman ranked his least favorite teams to meet in the postseason, bringing up some bad memories of losing WRs.

Edelman said the Denver Broncos are at the top of his list. He captioned the video “2013 and 2015 Mile High still give me nightmares,” – although the teams actually met in the 2014 and 2016 playoffs. In 2014, the Patriots lost to Denver 26–16 in the AFC Championship.

New England lost 20–18 in the AFC Championship Game in 2016, failing on the Patriots’ two-point conversion attempt. With 12 seconds left in the fourth, Rob Gronkowski scored a touchdown to make it 20–18, giving him a chance to tie things up with a two-point attempt. Tom Brady’s incomplete pass to Edelman ensured the victory for the Broncos and longtime rival quarterback Peyton Manning.

Edelman said, “Denver’s a must-win. They beat us on the road twice in the AFC Championship, we beat them at home once. But I didn’t like playing them.”

“Tough football team. You knew it was going to be a tough game,” the former seventh-round pick said of the No. 2 seeded Baltimore Ravens.

While Edelman was on the team, the Patriots played the Ravens four times. The Patriots lost to the Ravens in the wild-card round in 2009, lost to them in the AFC Championship in both 2011 and 2012, and also lost to them in the divisional round in 2014.

Coming in third place was the team the Patriots defeated before pulling off the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time: the Pittsburgh Steelers. New England defeated Pittsburgh 36–17 to advance to Super Bowl LI, where they defeated the Atlanta Falcons in overtime.

A very animated Edelman said, “You knew Pittsburgh, they do what they do. They’re gonna put a linebacker on me?! That’s three.”

The Tennessee Titans were the last team Brady played for as a member of the Patriots, his time ending with an interception in a 20–13 wild-card loss in the 2019 playoffs.

“They sent us home in Tom’s last game,” Edelman said, but noted that he really “wasn’t afraid of them.”

In fifth and last place are the Kansas City Chiefs, whom Edelman defeated twice during his career. Edelman said he got the No. 5 pick because he “didn’t find him in his heat, his peak,” although he faced quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

The second time Edman faced the Chiefs in the playoffs, New England won 37–31 in overtime and went on to defeat the Los Angeles Rams in the 2018 Super Bowl.

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