Think they would not have played to Seattle strengths. This game they would not have made a half baked effort at running like they did versus Denver.
To win NE would have to all show up and craft the best set of plays on the opening 2 drives. Think this is where NE lost it vs Denver in the AFC game.
IF the Pats go 3 and out both of 1rst two possentions and Seattle gets any points in answer: 38 - 13 Seattle.
IF they got 5 or more firsts downs and held Seattle scoreless first 2 possesions : 24-23 Pats.
Same against Denver in AFC championship if they sat down the offense and told them first 2 possesions we are going to impose our will on them and run the ball. Put everything into the first two possesions..like it is the game I have no doubt NE would have at leat gotten 30-40 yards and a few first downs and in the end win the game.
Why? Almost every offense in the NFL enjoys increasing success for every first down and every minute on the the field. If you plot time or down achived versus scoring you would be suprised how close the trajectory is for both teams even in blowouts. Now once a team gets down and is predictable and panicky like Denver vs Seattle then that goes out the window.