What's the debate? The Patriots are a Dynasty. They don't need to win the Superbowl at this point. These past two games against the Colts and Steelers puts this discussion to bed. Brady: clutch in big games and undefeated 8-0 in postseason with two superbowl rings already, Belichick is undefeated 9-0 in post season with the Patriots and also 14-0 in rematches with quarterbacks, and the team can flat out play football and any kind of football.
The Patriots are good, and I mean really good. They are amazingly well coached, and they are even more amazingly united. They simply come to play every Sunday. They embrace their game plans, and they do everything in all their individual powers to execute those plans.
A week ago they were supposed to lose to the highest-flying offense in the league. The Colts didn't score a touchdown that afternoon. Last night they were supposed to be in a street fight with the top-seeded 16-1 Steelers. They turned it into a case of assault and battery. The Patriots trampled the Colts last week and mauled the Steelers last night, more than matching their well-publicized physicality. That won them the right to represent the AFC again in the Super Bowl and they accomplished it the way they should have -- by beating up the two best teams in the conference. Well, the second- and third-best teams, because the best team was and remains the defending Super Bowl champions.
The best team, the one that drove loyal Steelers fans into the frigid night long before the game was technically over but long after it was finished, was the Patriots. Just as they were a year ago when they embarrassed the Colts in a similar AFC title game before a dramatic last-second win brought them their second Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Time for the final statement in Jacksonville on Feb2. The Dynasty debate will finally be over then.