Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/18/14

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 30: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates after Laurence Maroney scored a 2-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Louisana Superdome on November 30, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
The Patriots are virtually a lock for the playoffs. It's what happens when they actually get there that remains in question. Although Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's streak of 30 straight regular-season home wins remains in tact, it hasn't done them much good in the postseason as of late. The Patriots are 0-2 in the only two home games that have mattered, a 33-14 blowout loss to the Ravens in the wild-card round and a disapppointing 28-21 loss to the Jets last season in the divisional round. Compound that with New England's road struggles of late, and hope is expectedly low...
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