Despite all of the injuries, and all of the turnover in personnel on offense, the results were exactly the same as last year: A 12-4 record and the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs for the Patriots.
“Nobody gave them anything,” Bill Belichick said of his players. “This team earned it, I’m happy for them.
“We’re excited to be 12-4 and moving into the playoffs. We still have a lot of work to do.”
The Patriots’ real season starts a week from Saturday in the divisional round. But with them on a bye this weekend, let’s take a quick look at the roster, how each unit performed this season, and where they stand entering the playoffs. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.