The Pats lost a game. I am as much a fan as any other. But I am already sick of the Conspiracy Theories, the Accustions, the Backbiting. And the lamentations and beating of breasts and gnashing of teeth. The other guys get paid too. The Cards are not pushovers, and have been to a Superbowl recently. The Pats played a game. They did lots of things right, and a few things wrong. I'll take that Defensive effort in every game of the year if I could; and would have a Top 10, if not Top 5 Defense. The Pats Coaches and players are experimenting and trying to expand their passing Offense horizontally and vertically for strategic reasons. They have succeeded horizontally; and not so much vertically. The Pats coaches want to transform the running game from a finesse running game, to more of a power running threat. They have succeeded so far. The team is transitioning its Offensive line to a next generation of players. They are making progress in doing so, as well. If not for the injury to Kopa, and Gallery's and Water's retirements, Dante could have worked Marcus Cannon at RG, where I think he will be tremendous. Look at how successful the running game has been to his side. It wil have to wait a year though, since he is needed at spare tackle. Meanwhile he can learn to pass block even better than what is expected of a Guard, and which he can do more than satisfactorily, even now. Just think what you would have said about the team, if Ghost had kicked 5 for 5, instead of going only 4 for 5. Or if the late TD had not been brought back. Or if the 2 point conversion had worked. You would have been proclaiming this edition, as perhaps the best Patriots team ever. I see no reason to change that opinion, because of a single errant kick, or poor hold... :steamed: The Patriots got behind, but came back in the fourth quarter to score a TD, and also kick another Field Goal. They then had two opportunites to take the lead and win the game; and another opportunity to tie with the 2-point conversion. None worked out. It happens. So move on.