Here in New England, fans and media members alike will be playing the blame game for a very long time.
So let's get it going.
Quarterback Tom Brady wasn't his best. The slinger had 276 passing yards to go with two touchdowns and one pick, but his grounding penalty in the first quarter and his failure to lead the offense down the field when they needed him most will be remembered for a long time.
One of Brady's favorite targets, tight end Rob Gronkowski, wasn't completely healthy. Plagued with an apparent ankle injury since the AFC Championship tilt, Gronk was just a shell of his normal self in Indianapolis.
Speaking of targets, wide receiver Wes Welker had a key drop in the final minutes, although many argue that Brady's pass was worse than the actual drop.
Although the Pats held Eli Manning and the Giants to just 21 points, some believe that the defense could have made a few more big plays and key stops.
Perhaps it wasn't anything on the field, as karma seems to play a big role in sports these days. The Pats are still one of the most-hated teams in the league thanks to SpyGate, and, for all we know, maybe the cutting of Tiquan Underwood on Saturday could jumpstart what will be known as the Flat-top Curse?
Or it's as simple as chalking it up as the Giants were the better team.
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