Losers, Not

The Pats had a great season despite the loss of their starting quarterback - the great Brady. That's a happy thing. Brett Favre letting them down was a sad thing.
There was a remarkable 11-win season that not many thought possible after Tom Brady [stats] went down during the first quarter of the opening game of the season. There was a valiant must-have, four-win December, capped off by yesterday’s 13-0 victory against Buffalo in wild and windy conditions that left the goalposts tipped over. But there will be no playoffs for the Patriots [team stats].
The Pats needed a Jets victory to slip into the playoffs, but it didn't happen.
The Patriots are out of the playoffs despite an 11-5 season, becoming the first team since the NFL switched to a six-playoff-spot-per-conference setup in 1990 to miss the postseason with 11 wins and only the second team since the advent of the 16-game schedule in 1978 to get 11 wins and miss the playoffs, joining the 1985 Denver Broncos, who coincidentally lost out that year to the Patriots. The Patriots may have played like a playoff team this season, but they won't be one.
The moral of the story? Just because you failed doesn't mean you're a loser.