So the Patriots got a win, on the road, against a team that may find itself in the playoffs. But New England got help. The Broncos, as Sports Sunday's Michael Felger put it, "puked on themselves," and the Pats offense was able to carry them to a victory.
The defense played well in the second half, but did it do enough to quiet those who say the it is not championship-caliber? Can the Patriots simply rely on their offense to carry them in the postseason?
"Absolutely not," said Ty Law. "When you get into the playoffs, these teams feel like 'I'm good too,' so these teams come in with a lot more confidence than these teams they're playing with right now."
Troy Brown agreed. He says the Patriots will need to get timely stops when it matters most."
You can't depend on your offense to go out there and win games in the playoffs and be a championship type football team," Brown said. "You gotta be able to make some stops on defense against quality teams.
"I would think it's going to be very difficult for them to win games just with their offense in the playoffs.
Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.
"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.
"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.
Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."
Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.