The New England Patriots dug themselves into a 28-point hole on Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers, and despite a valiant comeback, they fell just short. It was a disappointing loss, but the Pats still showed that when they're on, there is no team in the NFL that is harder to stop.
However, the mistakes and inconsistencies on both sides of the ball cost the Pats the game and possibly a playoff bye. With two games to go, there's not much left to prove. The Pats are who they are, and as long as they don't beat themselves, they'll be a very tough out for whoever they play in the playoffs.
But there's no guarantee they won't beat themselves as we saw against the 49ers.
Let's take a look at the biggest concerns the Patriots will have in the playoffs.