So, I just went to youtube and watched the Patriots final drive from SB42. Why, you ask? Is this poster really that masochistic, I bet you're wondering...Is he having a good day and wanted to ruin it, or a bad one that he wanted to drive even further south? Frankly, I wanted to watch it b/c I wanted to be reminded of what we're playing for - and what we, as fans, and the Patriots as a team, do not want to feel again. I was reading the Bird-Magic book by Jackie MacMullan and it struck me how Magic forced himself to stay in his hotel and watch Bostonians celebrate around him after the C's beat LA in '84. It got me thinking about the life and death nature of playoffs, the stakes of it all, and just how seriously we all take these games. Which led me to an encouraging, albeit depressing thought: every time the Patriots have lost in the playoffs, it has been a catastrophic event in which several forces have conspired to undo the Patriots, with seemingly nothing going in their favor. The Denver game, it took an insane PI call, brutal fumbles, Brady's terrible INT to Bailey and the ensuing logic & physics defying call by the ref on Watson's tackle. The Colts game, it took more crap refereeing, an insane comeback by Manning, the flu, a terrible personnel mishap on the sideline & Reche Caldwell dropping a ball with no one around him. The Giants game. Well, don't get me started. We all know about this one. Brady & BB are 14-3 in the playoffs together. And all 3 of their losses were chaotic-WTF-just-happened events that took flukes, bad refereeing, boneheaded plays, etc., etc. to occur. You could argue several of their wins had all those things going in their favor - and they did, but that's just the thing. The law of averages applies, and with those averages, the Patriots are still 14-3 in the playoffs. The team is flawed, one could say - but it has been in all 17 of those playoff games, and its been much more flawed for the majority of them - and yet they remain 14-3 in that time. I like our chances in the postseason, with or without Welker, and I highly doubt we go quietly and go without a fight. If we do, it will be the first time in Brady & BB's collective history together.