New England Patriots—Super Bowl champions.
This statement rings eternal in the ears of all Patriot fans. For them, the Pats are forever keepers of the Lombardi Trophy—they just let other teams borrow it now and again.
In the eyes of many in Patriot Nation, the Pats are infallible. To these select group of sycophants, Tom Brady is the Kwisatz Haderach and the flawed defense is the Steel Curtain incognito.
Suggesting otherwise means risking being excommunicated from the Church of Patriot Place.
Nevertheless, the road to Indianapolis won't be a police-escorted open lane for the Patriots. There are a few road blocks along the way that the Patriots must navigate.
Granted, some of the Pats' potential playoff opponents are just minor inconveniences—like roadkill on a leisurely Sunday drive through the country—but a few of the other opponents are more like a jackknifed tractor-trailer clogging up the Mass Pike during rush-hour traffic in a Nor'easter.
So—which team ranks as the Patriots' biggest title threat?