I'm all about obsessing over the Patriots, but I really went too far this year in analyzing other teams and hoping for favorable matchups. From November, in hoping San Diego - perceived at that time as a huge threa, to get knocked out, to wanting the Colts to knock off the Jets so we would avoided Baltimore a play a team we had just smashed 45.3. Saw Vick as a threat and hoped GB would beat them. Now it seems I'm wrong again about the true threat. Hoped either the Saints or Falcons would get bounced so there would be a weak NFC team... wrong again, it appears. Don't say it. 2007 Giants. I just did. Talk about matchups in that game and the prior game they played, but the entire sports world thought it would be a cakewalk for the Pats. The bottom line is, besides our own team, it's just useless to predict and project who might be a more favorable matchup for us. Teams this far into the playoffs are very strong in at least one area and can beat us; at the same time, can beat them if we execute our gameplan. Three emotionally invested games rooting for Indy to lose their division so we wouldn't have to face them. All for naught. Rooting for the Jets to loose all season became irrelevant. They could have lost more games and still would have been in the exact position to knock us off. Anyway, next year the NFL has lost a fan for the other 15 games of the week, besides some showdowns. I'm not mad at myself for following the Pats hardcore this season, but I need to take a step back, breathe, and stop worrying about the power polls, "teams to watch," "nightmare matchups," etc. etc. etc. If the Patriots just play their game well, in the position to win playoff games, they will win playoff games. None of these teams are the incarnation of the 1985 Bears x 1989 Forty Niners. Hope this rant made some sense. I have NFL Sunday Ticket, and the Patriots simulations go through my head like an algorithm. New Year's Resolution: Pay attention to the Pats. Don't worry about the other teams until we are playing them. Too much wasted effort.