The Patriots made the playoffs but fell short of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy for the eighth straight year this postseason. Quarterback Tom Brady isn’t getting any younger, nose tackle Vince Wilfork isn’t a spring chicken anymore, either and receiver Wes Welker’s future in New England remains murky. The Patriots had the No. 1 scoring offense in the league and fielded their best defense in years, but they lost to the Ravens at home in the AFC Championship Game. How many more years does this group have left? Was 2012 the Patriots' best shot? - Peter Schrager
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