the days of brady and the pats having this air of invincibility are long gone,,they are ripe for the picking on any given sunday.
Going by the OPs logic, should Eli retire because he has failed 2 times now to successfully defend our SuperBowl Title? I can answer both by stating that no Tom Brady should not retire and no, Eli Manning should not retire.
While we are on the subject, should Peyton Manning retire after pulling another epic playoff choke this year?
The Patriots are the globetrotters of the AFC East, they fluff their winning percentage every year with that powderpuff schedule, and then get exposed against battle tested teams in the playoffs.
Granted, Brady is a great QB and Belichick is a great coach, but their ridiculous records each year are skewed. For instance, in '11 they went 13-3 but didn't defeat a single team that would finish above .500 until edging the Ravens in the AFC championship. The 2 teams that they faced that would finish above .500, they lost to in succession before winning out the rest of the regular season.
This is reminiscent of '07 in that they scored at a record setting pace, but were brought back down to reality in the playoffs. 13 points at home?
Their lack of a defense keeps killing them, they can't stop anyone.
Are people seriously questioning the Patriots and/or Brady? They are practically guaranteed to be contenders each and every season. So they lost a playoff game. Every team loses games. Should the entire NFL fold?
wow. just wow.