Pats have defied modern-day logic

Updated: January 21, 2005, 9:03 AM ET
By Chris Mortensen | ESPN Insider
Maybe the Pittsburgh Steelers will end this run by the New England Patriots. It won't change my opinion much about the Patriots' place in NFL history.

They may be the greatest team ever.

No, I don't know that they would beat your favorite great teams – the Packers, the Dolphins, the Steelers, the 49ers, the Redskins, the Cowboys or the Broncos. I also don't know that they wouldn't beat those teams.

Vince Lombardi, Don Shula, Chuck Noll, Bill Walsh, Tom Landry, Joe Gibbs, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Shanahan and Bill Parcells? They've got nothing on Bill Belichick.

Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Otto Graham, Bart Starr, Roger Staubach, John Elway and Troy Aikman? They've got nothing on Tom Brady as a money quarterback.