Originally Posted by Zombo
I think it has more to do with a poor defense than the offense being a problem. It's going to sometimes be tougher to score in the playoffs. If the defense was getting more stops and not solely relying on the big play to stop drives they'd be in better shape come playoff time. Teams know they can score on the NE defense now, so they get more aggressive on defense to stop Brady. It's not like the Super Bowl teams that had a defense that could get the stop when needed.
Reasonable points, but I disagree. 49ers had a great D -- clearly better than the Pats -- yet the Ravens still hung 27 on them in the SB. Consistently scoring under 20 in big playoff games simply is not going to get it done in today's NFL. If the Patriots want to win another SB, they have to fix their offense first and foremost.