They finished 11-5 and flirted with not earning a first-round bye until the final few weeks of the season. They weren't anything close to a consensus pick to beat the Chargers in the Divisional Round.
New England dominated Los Angeles from start to finish, racking up 498 yards of total offense, including 155 on the ground. The Patriots opened the game with a methodical, 14-play touchdown drive, then quickened their pace to score again -- and again, and again, and again.
Sunday can't come soon enough.