TL;DL = Disappointing loss, still a great season overall and looking forward to next season.
I'll start with my thoughts on the season:
As already pointed out, 2015 really felt like the tale of two seasons; the 10-0 run and then the 2-4 finish. Injuries hit this team hard, but they were still able to get to the AFCCG. The losses to Philadelphia and Miami ended up being huge and while injuries had a lot to do with those games, both were very winnable and I think BB deserves some criticism for how those games played out. I give Denver all the credit in the world for how they played and getting that W, but in Foxboro, I feel like the game plays out a little differently. Their pass rush and our offensive line would have still been an issue, but home field advantage makes a difference in games like that.
After winning last year's Super Bowl, especially with Trent Dilfer's, "They just aren't good anymore." line and the controversy that arose from the Colts game, it was awesome to see another great season from Brady. Most didn't expect to see a falloff, but for him to look as good as ever was awesome; we need to enjoy these last few years and not take it for granted.
I don't think that this loss hurts Brady's overall legacy or puts Peyton ahead of Brady in the grand scheme of things. Yes, Brady threw two interceptions yesterday, but those last plays to convert on 4th down to Gronk and then again with the TD to Gronk to bring them within a two point conversion of tying the game just goes to show how much fight this dude has. That's my QB.
The growth of Malcolm Butler has been a joy to see. We lost our top 4 CBs and roll out Butler as our starting CB and he stepped up to the challenge and developed into a legit CB and a Pro Bowl CB at that. This dude doesn't ever give up and comes back scrapping even after giving up a long pass. He's usually always in position, but his height seems to be a problem vs. taller/longer WRs sometimes. He gets another off season to develop now and I'm excited to see where his game goes from here.
Collins & Hightower are beasts and we need to lock them up long term. They were both such huge parts of the success of this defense. While Collins did get burnt on a couple of plays yesterday, he still had the two sacks and 8 total tackles; it seemed like he was a part of any play that ended up getting stuffed or a for a loss.
Chandler Jones only gets half a bar...Nah, but he was ghost from yesterday's game and that's a problem. I've seen you call him out DSA and he rarely steps up and answers that call. He has a ton of talent, but I'd like to see some more consistency out of him.
I'm still taking Gostkowski for a game winning or game tying FG any game of the week.
Is Dion Lewis coming back? If so, do we need to add some depth behind him or roll him and Blount out there again? It seemed like that duo worked just fine during the 10-0 run and I saw people mentioning that our lack of a run game hurt us vs. Denver's pass rush. Lewis vs. those LBs would have been interesting to see.
Is Logan Ryan our full time 2nd CB and if so, who are we putting behind him and Butler?
This needs to be addressed immediately IMO. Cannon might as not have even been out there. I understand that Vollmer has been playing out of position due to injuries, but he was getting torched as well.
I think WR should be addressed, but I don't know what BB will do there. I don't think he's bringing in a big name and he's not going to overpay for anyone, which is good, but LaFell wasn't cutting it this year. If he was dealing with injuries, that's fine, but I feel like they need one more big WR out there.
Overall, anything short of a Super Bowl win is always disappointing, but I'll take this L, be proud of what was accomplished, be optimistic that this squad is only going to get better, prepare for whatever Goodell has in store to slander this team and move on to 2016.