Boy was that a tough game to take…felt like getting punched in the gut, especially after getting the big lead early. As good as the Patriots played in the first half, they played that bad in the second.
Now I've got to hope that they address some of their problems this off-season, like linebacker and secondary depth. I'm sure the two first-round picks will help (thanks Seattle…how's that workin' out for ya?).
All in all, it was pretty amazing that they went 12-4 anyway, and then beat two solid teams to just get to the AFC Championship. It's a testament to how well coached the team is and how committed it's players are. Hopefully, they'll be right there again next year with a few extra weapons!