In response to markrahobeth's comment:
In the Brady Belicheck era the Pats have been to 5 bowls, whether win or lose they have all been decided by small margins in the waning moments of the games. Brady has been better in some (Carolina) and worse in others (Giants 2007), but the difference is not that large. To say TB has lost his competive drive is ridiculous.
I think, without hesitation or equivocation, this is the post in this thread that I most agree with.