With five AFC Championship game appearances in the last nine years, the New England Patriots are a dynasty like few others. The Pats' success is seemingly unwavering--they've won with big-name superstars and a hodgepodge of late-round picks.
This success has been studied throughout the league, as competitors are perpetually pillaging the Patriots for front-office talent. For the past 15 years or so, the New England Patriots have been the National Football League's most consistent and admirable franchise with regards to success.
That said, Robert Kraft's boys find themselves in an unfamiliar situation--losers of their last two Super Bowls and ring-less since a 2005 victory over Donovan McNabb and the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX.
Ultimately, I think the Patriots will upset (I use this term loosely) the Denver Broncos on the road and get back to their 6th Super Bowl in the last 12 years. I also think they will lose this Super Bowl to the San Francisco 49ers. And here is why I think such things: