FOXBORO -- The Patriots have made an appearance in the playoffs in 10 of the last 12 seasons.
BOSTON -- Derek Sanderson knows all about regrets in the NHL.
FOXBORO -- There is a Sisyphean feel to an NFL season. Every day, you push the rock up the mountain. Thirty-one teams see the rock roll back over them before they reach the summit.
FOXBORO -- In the two weeks before New England's bye, the team seemed to just start rolling via a hard-fought win against the Jets and a decisive pounding of St. Louis in London.
FOXBORO -- Without Kevin Faulk roaming through the Patriots locker room and in running back meetings at Gillette Stadium, Ivan Fears needed a veteran presence.