The Patriots are the assumed favorite, and the slew of contenders cannot seem to match the aura surrounding New England.
They have a swagger symbolizing their flamboyance. They know they are going to win, and they are not afraid to let the other team know.
The Patriots are a team that is immune to skepticism. They cannot be rattled. "Spygate" was a valient effort to unveil a secret to the Patriots success, but instead became a clear indication that New England doesn't need to cheat to win every Sunday. Others have tried to take shots at the morality of their game management, accusing New England and their coaching staff of indecent play, such as running up the score and showing little respect for the inferiority of their opponents.
Someone isn't convinced, though. It's not even about the principle of winning as it is about quieting a storm that has reduced his world to rubble.
His name is Ladanian Tomlinson, and he still remembers walking off of the field last year, after the mockery of the Patriots. He remembers how the Patriots disrespected his team, his organization, and his pride. He can still see the Patriots players lavishly enjoying victory on his home field.
LT isn't about to let it happen again. The Chargers are fresh off a 51-14 stomping of a Detroit team fighting for their playoff lives. At 9-5, the Chargers have won four straight games, and are building the momentum needed to challenge the Patriots.
The reason the Chargers will beat the Patriots in the playoffs is simple: They have proven that when properly motivated, they can beat anyone. The bitter taste left in every San Diego player's mouth from last year is ample motivation. Revenge is an inspiration that allows individuals to do things deemed unhuman.
The Patriots are the obvious pick right now. The Chargers would love nothing more than to smash the hopes of the dynasty, and give the Pats a taste of their own medicine. It will be the indomitable will of the Chargers that will allow them to prevail over the mystique of the Patriots.