It’s gridiron Groundhog Day for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Here they are again in January hosting a home playoff game after enjoying a first-round bye, visions of cradling that elusive fourth Lombardi Trophy in their arms, silver satisfaction within their reach.
They’ve been here before. We’ve been here before. But there is now an enhanced exigence to each of these playoff runs because NFL reality and human biology dictate the Brady and Belichick partnership is closer to its end than its beginning.