Everything that could go wrong appears to do so..amazing.
I was sure that the Vrabel return for a TD would be the turning point....but yet more terrible offensive pens holding and false starts killed us dead.
Brady looked rattled - maybe he is due a bad game or two..better now than in the post season I suppose.
When you look at the stats Carolina didnt acheive very much - but they had some great field position - a very much patriot-like performance - nothing too flashy - just solid enough to get the job done.
They've been great for a while now, three Super Bowls' worth of great. But only this season have the New England Patriots become The Show, the must-see team of stars, pretty boys and reformed bad boys. Suddenly, the Patriots are not simply great; they're compelling, fascinating, appearing to be almighty and a touch lawless.
The Patriots didn't bother with swagger to start this NFL season; they went straight to defiant. Either you're one of them or you're about to get crushed.