The New England Patriots are heading back to the playoffs for the 11th time in the last 13 seasons. Given that kind of consistency, some might think that this was just another year of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick doing what they do best, but in reality, this has been one of the most impressive years of their time together.
The Patriots are not a perfect team. Injuries have hit them hard this year and knocked multiple defensive captains and offensive weapons from the lineup. Yet the Patriots keep on winning, and even when they lose, they always fight down to the wire.
Which Patriots players will be key to a run at the Lombardi Trophy? Here are our top five!