It was a wild Sunday evening at Gillette Stadium, where the frosted breath of heavyweights lingered in the winter air and the resilience of beaten men were tested. On this night, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots climbed out of a 28-point hole and nearly gave us one of the most remarkable comebacks in NFL history.
The Patriots can walk away from their 41-34 loss to the San Francisco 49ers with their heads held high. Fans can too. This team played terrific football down the stretch and showed true guts, true heart and true skill.
Patriot Nation can feel good about the their chances in a possible rematch with the 49ers in the Super Bowl.
Here are New England's biggest winners and losers from Week 15.