But who's laughing now?
The NFL's most elite defenses are sitting at home on their couches.
So much for the saying, "defense wins championships."
With guys like Julian Edelman and Matthew Slater contributing on both sides of the ball, this team has overcome all odds. Not many other franchises possess players with such versatility.
Without a doubt, New England's defense has pulled together during this playoff run. If it weren't for crucial stops by this defensive unit, then the Patriots would not be vying for another Lombardi Trophy.
Although these men have had their ups and downs, they remain critical to this team's success.
Here are the Patriots' six most valuable defensive players.