--While the Patriots have had unprecedented success in conference championship games with a 6-1 all-time record, theyve been average in wild-card games.
Following Sundays loss, the Patriots are now 4-3 in the wild-card round; Sunday was also their first playoff loss at home since 1978.
--Sunday was New Englands first loss to the Ravens since Baltimore reacquired an NFL franchise in 1996. The Patriots were 5-0 against the Ravens heading into Sundays playoff opener, including a victory this past September.
--Teams coached by Bill Belichick usually have more sustained success in the playoffs.
Until Sunday, the Patriots had not lost their playoff opener since 1998 when they got beat in Jacksonville by the Jaguars.
--TE Ben Watsons contract will be up when free agency begins this offseason. Asked if he wants to return to New England, Watson said, Id love to be here, before adding, Its kind of up in the air right now.
--NT Vince Wilfork is in the same boat. The Patriots never resolved his contract issues this season, so he could hit the market, too, unless a deal is done soon. Said Wilfork: I want to be a Patriot, but thats not up to me.
--QB Tom Brady dodged the issue of whether or not he played with injuries in Sundays playoff loss. According to reports, Brady has been suffering from broken ribs throughout the season in addition to various finger and shoulder ailments.
--LB Adalius Thomas is likely done in New England. The once-promising free-agent signing had a dismal season and was often a footnote on defense. Asked about his future with the Patriots, he said, Ill let you figure that one out.
--OL Logan Mankins, a Pro-Bowler this season, hasnt received a contract extension so he is wondering whether hell be back in 2010. Said Mankins: As youre cleaning out youre locker, you kind of think, This could be my last game. Hopefully its not.
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