The New England Patriots did not play their best, they did not live up to their role as huge favorites. But in the end, as they did countless times over the last almost two decades, the Patriots did come through in the clutch. In the end, they were able to erase a 10-point deficit against the Jacksonville Jaguars to capture the AFC and go on to play in Super Bowl LII in two weeks.
This year's Super Bowl appearance will be the 10th in the history of the New England Patriots franchise – no other team in league history has been able to reach the sport's biggest stage more than eight times. Nine of those trips to the Super Bowl were taken during Robert Kraft's 24 years of ownership, a simply unreal number during the salary cap era.
The same has to be said about two of the other main characters of the Patriots' unprecedented run of success: head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. The duo will play in its eighth Super Bowl together, with a chance to win six – no other coach or quarterback has more than four.