I understand where you're coming from dr33, but yesterday to me was about Flacco being hobbled/affected more than anything else. Game was much closer than the score appeared, even with Flacco's effectiveness being compromised. Don't know if you watched the game, but he was having a difficult time moving around, stepping into throws, etc.
It's one of those things where if you're not watching the Pats closely every week, you look at the terrific won-lost records every season (and it's been an incredible run, that is indisputable, and it won't last forever) and you say "wow!" And if you see a fan of the team criticizing BB or the Pats in any way, you think that fan is a loon. I get that entirely. But like I've said before, BB is credited with being a defensive mastermind, constantly. His defenses the past several seasons have had a hell of a time stopping even mediocre QBs. It can't be ignored, and it's often frustrating to watch. Come playoff time in recent seasons, even he has admitted that his teams have been getting outplayed and outcoached. Three home playoff losses.
If you want to say the playoffs are more of a crapshoot than they used to be, I can't really argue that, because we're seeing 6th seed WC teams winning Super Bowls now. Moreso than ever, it seems to be the team that gets hot at the right time can win, even if they've been little more than "meh" for over half the season.
BB has gotten QB play that most of the league would kill for, and an offense that, coming into this season, often scored a whole lot of points. They're not blameless in the recent uneven playoff runs...they've been getting shut down, but when you're constantly scoring over 500 points, your regular season records are going to be very good. The offense had covered up for BB's D for years, but it's rarely been the other way around, especially in big games.
Though I lose it sometimes and am not always reasonable, when I step back, BB has had a good year...I thought this team was winning 10 games going in, and they have a shot at 12 and a first-round bye, even with a slew of key injuries. They've had some luck too...beating the Browns the way they did was beyond miraculous. And I think Joe Flacco at 100% probably finds a way to beat the Pats in his building...the game didn't get out of hand until the end, with 14 bonus points against an inept backup QB, and Flacco had guys open he would've hit on other days. But if the Pats get the #2 seed with everything that has gone wrong (starting with Aaron Hernandez), BB deserves credit...as does Brady, who has shown yet again he can make do with whatever he has to work with.