There were lots to think about in this game now that the kick in the cajones feeling has dissipated. Iâ€™m very proud of this team and am honored to be a fan. Thanks to everyone on this site for insightful analysis. Surprises We donâ€™t blow leads never mind the largest in playoff history. We donâ€™t lose AFC championships. We donâ€™t lose in domes. The team looked exhausted and undermanned in the second half. I was expecting the secondary to be abused but they played well. Manning had success exploiting the LBs with midrange passes. The Alexander move was brilliant in the first half but the Colts exploited him and Bruschi in the second. We adjusted a little (Tully back and Vrabel to the inside) but too little too late. We usually win the battle of the backups. Fletcher vs. Alexander on a key play went the Coltsâ€™ way. Much has been said about how the Colts are so top heavy that we will beat their JAGs every time. Well, not last night. Disappointments Coming this close to NFL history and just missing hurts a lot. Abandoning the running game in the second half Maroney disappeared in the playoffs. Bruschi seemed a step late all night and throughout the playoffs. Points of Pride This is a great team that clearly overachieved. We matched two great teams in the playoffs blow for blow. In what is effectively a rebuilding year, came a minute and a play from going to the Super Bowl. We are loaded with young talent that will learn from this. The coaches will use this loss for all itâ€™s worth. Hobbs and Samuel were terrific. Ellisâ€™ kickoff returns were a major plus. Gostkowski outplayed Adam (both perfect but two touchbacks in kickoffs for Gost).