Last year during the season I feared the Patriots were like the 1987 49ers, a dynasty that hadn't won a playoff game for a couple of years, retooled into a very young defense, and went 13-2 only to lose in the first round because they were too young. I wasn't shocked the Patriots lost early last year and hoped that this year they would fly under the radar like the '88 niners did, even have a worse record, yet go all the way. Just like this Patriots team the '88 Niners had a huge monkey on their backs. Despite having won two Super Bowls their fanbase was full of moron fans who were calling Walsh and Montana chokers because they had lost in the first round three years in a row. When they finally beat the Vikings in the divisional playoffs it seemed to release the whole team from all that pressure and they went on to trounce the Bears in Chicago to win the NFC Championship and went on to beat the Bengals in the Super Bowl. I get the feeling the 45-10 Patriots thrashing of Denver has taken a ton of pressure off the Patriots in the same way. I think they win big next week and its on the Super Bowl. A 4th title there and they take their place with the Packers, Steelers, and 49ers dynasties, and Belichick and Brady are considered the best ever.