A few statistical nuggets to chew on while digesting a ninth straight season without a Super Bowl championship in New England:
• The Patriots gave up 507 yards to the Broncos on Sunday, the most they’ve allowed in a game -- regular season or postseason -- under Bill Belichick.
• Tom Brady is .500 (8-8) in postseason games since starting 10-0, which included winning 3 Super Bowls. He is 4-3 at home in the playoffs since starting 8-0.
• In his postseason career, Brady has a 2-4 record when facing a Manning as the opposing quarterback (Peyton and Eli) and a 16-4 record against all other starting quarterbacks.
• Still, Brady owns the most postseason wins by a quarterback in NFL history with 18. Joe Montana is second with 16.
• Since New England’s Super Bowl loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII, the Patriots’ playoff performance has fallen short of their lofty regular-season standard.
• Bill Belichick’s 19 postseason wins as a head coach are one shy of tying Tom Landry for most all-time. He could have arrived there sooner, however, as the Patriots have lost 6 of their past 10 postseason games.
• The Patriots became one of six teams since the AFL-NFL merger to lose consecutive AFC Championship Games, and just the second in the last 25 years. The division rival Jets in 2009 and 2010 were the last to do so.