In response to redsoxfan94's comment:
so let me get this straight, you blame the defense for playing at or around the same level as they do during the regular season when they are winning, but when the offense struggles in the playoffs, you say we have to live with it, the defense just has to be the 2000 ravens or 85 bears? cmon, the team financially is heavily swayed towards the offense and everyone knows it. to blame the defense for a loss when the offense scored one td the whole game is just flat out ridiculous. we shouldnt just expect the offense to crap the bed every game and have the defense bail them out. the offense is plenty capable of playing well in the playoffs. they just havent in the biggest games and it cost them two super bowls and now this afc title game. it almost cost them last years afc title game as well..
When I say the defense needs to get better, I am agreeing with you in terms of the overall team-building approach; invest more in D, even if the O suffers for it.
The offense does NOT crap the bed every game. But, it is reasonable to assume they will score less than 20 points at least once in the playoffs. They did in 2001, they did in 2003, they did in 2004, and they have in 4 of the 7 playoff years since. As somebody else pointed out in this thread, EVERY Super Bowl winner since 2005 has had at least one game in the postseason that they won while scoring 20 or fewer. You need to be able to win those games in order to win it all.