Correll Buckhalter
Why Patriots Win

During another critical off-season in which next year's champions will be created, the New England Patriots' two famous leaders, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, have but three rivals who might block their drive to a record fourth Super Bowl title in the first five years of the century. In the order of how the Patriots last beat them — each by greatly different means — the three are the Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles, who, along with the Patriots, have incongruously pulled away in a parity era to form the NFL's Big Four. A drastic difference in offensive philosophy elevates New England above the others. Particularly on the...