Originally Posted by Notorious E.L.F.
I guess them being eliminated in the AFC title game wouldn't necessary be a failure due to their team history...but they have higher expectations, Super Bowl expectations. But if they were to get eliminated in the AFC title game, I guess it would depend on how they lost, how hard they fought, etc.
You're probably right that the team itself would see it as a failure. They should.
As for the bolded, yeah if they get blown out like they did against NE this season, that's a failure. If they play hard and it's a close loss, I just don't see that as failure really, just like I don't see the Patriots loss to the Giants in the last year's SB a failure, or the Ravens close loss to the Patriots as a failure. It's fucking tough to beat a good team in this game.
omg I just implied the Giants were a good team what is wrong with me.