New England — Thoughts on Round 2 of the NFL postseason (subtitle: Who Woulda Believed?):
• Consider: We’re two weeks into the playoffs, and both No. 1 seeds – the 14-2 Patriots and 13-3 Falcons – are gone. Neither so much as won a game. Also gone are all five Pro Bowl quarterbacks who made the postseason (New England’s Tom Brady, Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning, Philadelphia’s Michael Vick, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and New Orleans’ Drew Brees).
Gone, too, are five of the six Pro Bowl wideouts who made it (Indianapolis’ Reggie Wayne, Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe, New England’s Wes Welker, Atlanta’s Roddy White and Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson), the two Pro Bowl running backs who made it (Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles and Atlanta’s Michael Turner) and, come to think of it, the only Pro Bowl tight end who made it (Atlanta’s Tony Gonzalez).