Pats still have plenty working in their favor

Updated: January 14, 2005, 12:15 PM ET
By Hank Goldberg | ESPN Insider
Last week, all of the dogs, all playing on the road, came through.

Last year, all four road teams covered in the second round.

That included preseason 80-1 shot, Carolina. But Minnesota and St. Louis don't have defenses that can measure up to what the Panthers had going.

Hank Goldberg is an NFL reporter on a variety of ESPN programs. He first joined ESPN2 as football analyst on SportsNight when the new network launched Oct. 1, 1993. He has also been a frequent contributor on ESPN Radio since June 1992.