When all is said and done, the rest of the NFL might regret not jamming a daggger into the collective hearts of The Hoody and The Pretty Boy — figuratively speaking, of course.
How many times will the other 31 teams have to learn this lesson the hard way?
How many times will the football world discover how lethal the New England Patriots can be when you leave them a sliver of hope, no matter how down and out they might seem?
These are not the same juggernaut Patriots opposing fans have come to loathe over the years.
Aaron Hernandez is behind bars. Rob Gronkowski is gone for the season after he shredded his knee. Danny Amendola is a walking injury list in football cleats. Steven Ridley is a fumble waiting to happen. Vince Wilfork is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, crippling the Pats run-stuffing prowess in the process.