Which Patriots team is your all-time favorite?
Tom Brady & Co. got off to a disappointing 5-3 start, and fans wondered whether this team had what it takes to advance in the postseason. But then the team found its groove, Rob Gronkowski became a record-breaking star, and the patch-and-fill defense came up big when it counted. The Patriots finished the season by ripping off 10 wins in a row, and this time they rose to the occasion in the first two playoff games -- beating the Broncos and Ravens at home -- to secure a date with the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. But with Gronkowski less than 100 percent after his return from an ankle injury, a key incompletion to Wes Welker, and another clutch pass by Eli Manning, the Patriots found themselves losing a heartbreaker in Indianapolis.