His opinion, interestingly enough, was buoyed by some intel from Patriots owner Robert Kraft himself.
"I could not have been happier," Tisch said of his team's 2016 season, via NJ.com. "But would I have liked to have gone deeper in the playoffs? Of course. Would I have liked to have ended up in Houston, absolutely. Especially because Bob Kraft, after the Super Bowl, told me, 'You would've beat us.' That made me feel good. That was a nice compliment."
While it doesn't really matter -- this is, after all, a theoretical matchup between two teams that did not even play one another in the 2016 regular season -- I would find it interesting if Kraft was somehow speaking on behalf of Bill Belichick, or speaking after hearing something similar from the Patriots head coach.