At first I felt like I'm NOT watching SportsCenter, I'm NOT watching any show where Eli gets the confetti, I'm NOT watching the replays... I remembered the painful sensation from 2007/8... but that's not happening. I'm getting another feeling this year when I see those replays. I'm proud. Every replay of the drops, yeah, I'm heartbroken. Every shot of the Brady safety, I feel like, well that was the better part of a quarter of football we'll never get back. But most of that game was hard-fought, and nobody "owned" us in any phase of the game. This wasn't a team that was supposed to be invincible. More than anything (other than heartache that it didn't go our way,) I'm proud. That's what hurt in 2007/8, I think -- they "betrayed" the mission, in a way: they were supposed to be invincible. They'd been fading from the early-season invincibility toward the end of the run... they were out of gas and it finally showed in a big way in SB 42. This team's been getting better all year, especially on defense. Nicks and Cruz and Manningham were supposedly going to torch us all day long. If you listened to the NY mediots, it wasn't just going to be a paper "upset" where the Gintz won despite being 2.5 point dogs, it was going to be "a long night" for NE, because the Pats just wouldn't be able to compete. It was a great hard-fought game. Hats off to a very good Pats team that beat expectations. I'm not going to wallow in the what-ifs, and I'm not going to wallow in the film... but I can watch the replays of this one without going on official suicide watch. A very different feeling from 08. Anybody else get that?