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Football gods punish Patriots again

Originally Published: January 18, 2011
By Gregg Easterbrook | Page 2

Since taking the field with a 18-0 record in Super Bowl XLII, just 60 minutes from perfection, the New England Patriots have not won a playoff game. In their latest postseason collapse, versus the New York Jets, New England's offense, averaging a league-best 32 points, was held to 14 points at home until a garbage-time touchdown with seconds remaining.

There are many reasons for New England's postseason woes: some specific to the Patriots, others generic to all football, ...

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