Now, the real season begins, and the story of the 2013 Patriots will be written.
That’s too simplistic a way of looking at it, of course. The Patriots’ perennial status as winners should be savored, particularly in a league not built, but rigged, for parity, particularly in a season in which they’ve been decimated by injuries. Take a deep breath and savor what the Patriots have accomplished by going 12-4 and locking up the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs.
But the Patriots, who secured a fourth straight first-round playoff bye with a 34-20 drenched drubbing of the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium Sunday, are victims of their own remarkable, metronomic success. They accomplish more than other teams, so more is expected of them. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.