Until Tom Brady met Gisele Bundchen, the Patriots were unstoppable. Since then, New England has been anything but.
Gisele and Brady began dating in December of 2006 and the two were married in 2009. The Patriots last won a Super Bowl in the 2004 season.
New England has had enormous regular season success throughout the years. They went unbeaten in 2007 and finished with the best record in the AFC this season.
Brady dated actress Bridget Moynahan for two years prior to meeting his current wife. The Patriots won Super Bowl XXXIX while the two were a couple. Then the quarterback quickly moved on the Bundchen.
New England hasn't tasted a championship since.
Is it possible that Gisele has had an effect on Brady's playoff performance?
It's hard to say anything for certain, but the numbers can't be ignored.
Since the loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII, Brady has only had one very good playoff performance. He threw for six touchdowns against the Broncos this year in a game that was never close.
Other than that game, Brady has been average at best in the postseason. Excluding the Denver game, Brady has seven touchdowns and seven interceptions in his last five playoff games.
Those are not numbers you'd expect from a hall of fame quarterback.
This isn't the first time we've seen an athlete's performance dip after getting married and starting a family.
Many of the same questions were asked about Tiger Woods. He won only two of his fourteen majors after his daughter was born in 2007.
It's only logical that Brady wouldn't be as dominant since getting married. His priorities have likely changed.
Instead of focusing all of his energy on winning a championship, he has to spend some of that time being a better husband and family man.
Nobody knows the exact reason, but one thing is for certain -- Brady hasn't been a great postseason quarterback in recent years.
Fortunately for him, he already has three titles.
Having a supermodel wife in exchange for a few more championships isn't the worst trade off in the world.