. The Patriots are trying to be the worst-rated (31st) stop unit to ever win a Super Bowl. New Orleans' 2009 Super Bowl squad currently owns that distinction (25th).
"Everyone is real easy to jump on the Patriots' defense and say they're so terrible and they can't win a Super Bowl being this bad. But I don't agree with that," said Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. "I don’t think it's great. It's clearly the worst defense still in the playoffs. They allow all these passing yards, but they don't allow that many points, and that's more important."