Tom Brady is one player who is certain to be watching the Super Bowl with a certain amount of pain as he observes two sides that he will know he could have helped the New England Patriots easily defeat.
However, with Brady having just been handed the honour of being named in the NFL All-Pro first team for the second time in his career, and with it the honour of having been voted on to it unanimously on this occasion, he can at least take some minor consolation from the fact that he has been able to produce a level of football that should have seen his side end up in the Super Bowl.
Despite this, the fact that the Jets (the side that was able to overcome the Patriots) have failed to make it to Texas means that the Patriots cannot even claim that they have lost out to the best side in the NFL, something that only serves to add to a sense of frustration that the Patriots have failed to achieve a level of success that they could have done so easily this season. At one point, the Super Bowl odds suggested the side were unstoppable, but it’s a cruel game.
With the NFL now reaching its close for this season, Brady knows that next season must see his side overcome a failing that has become a huge part of the Patriots franchise (and an unwelcome one at that), with the Patriots only masters at succeeding during the regular season and likely to crumble during the pressure of the play-offs. The Super Bowl betting will no doubt suggest they are set to be strong challengers again, but they seem to lack the strength of character needed to live up to expectations.
If the Patriots cannot overcome this problem, then their fans may find themselves tasting the pain of defeat yet again in the play-offs next season.