I know it’s the nature of the game, the league, the whatever. You live by your division, you die by your division, you accept the fact that 11 wins on a season does not necessarily guarantee you a spot in the postseason.

(And, if you feel like the Patriots are alone in this, you think of baseball and the AL East.)

But man, it’s tough to know that the Pats did a great job during a truly mind-boggling football season, but what they did proved not to be enough.

And that the pie recipe has now been proven unnecessary. That said, I might still make it. Cassel did manage to prove my initial season predictions (“It’s OVER. Oh sweet baby Jesus, this season is OVER in SEPTEMBER!”) wrong.