The late-season slide responsible for New England's trip to Denver did not escape owner Bob Kraft's notice.
"I think if I have any regret," Kraft told Maria Stephanos of WCVB-TV in Boston on Wednesday, via ESPN.com, "it's that the conference championship game wasn't played here in our hometown."
Each NFL season is a battle against attrition and adversity. Unbeatable at peak strength through 10 games, the Patriots were a materially different team in December with a litany of injuries on the offensive line, at wide receiver and throughout the defense.
Here's what else Kraft had to say on Wednesday: