Going through football withdrawal, I've watched that game about 5 times on NFL Network the past few days (it's a lot easier now that I know how it turns out!) Honestly, there are numerous things that had to go right for the Pats in the 3rd quarter and looking at each play now, knowing if the Edelman catch hadn't been made, the Pats hadn't knocked the Falcons out of field goal range, converted two 2 pt tries, won the coin toss for OT, etc., the outcome might have been very different. The Falcons really should have run the ball and chewed up some clock. A field goal would have iced it.
Fans tend to get a bit complacent here in New England, expecting the Pats to win and when it doesn't happen it's a huge letdown (think two NY Giants wins.) Among the four teams, there are 10 titles in the 21st century, so we're kinda spoiled.
Of course, the Pats weren't always great, the Sox suffered a long curse, the Bruins and Celtics are in a drought at the moment, so it hasn't always been a great sports market.
My only regret is not going in to Boston on Tues for the parade. My wife and I attended the one 2 years ago and had a blast. Next year when the Pats win their sixth!