The Patriots season came to a crashing end as Bill Belichick put it following yesterday's 20-18 loss in Denver in the AFC Championship Game. There were plenty of situations and plays that deserve analysis and even second-guessing, but the most agreed the top culprit in the defeat was the offensive line, which failed to protect Tom Brady throughout.
ESPNBoston.com says the line's inability to handle the Broncos ferocious pass rush led to the Patriots exit from the playoffs. Despite the heavy rush, Brady was making no excuses for his subpar play. On the positive side, tight end Rob Gronkowski was once again the best player on the field.
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CSNNE.com says this one came down to the Patriots losing in the personal house of horrors. Belichick didn't spend much time worrying about the team's tablets going down during the game.
Despite the loss, ESPNBoston.com sees plenty to be excited about in the future.
In Denver you can imagine the story is a little different.