Would it be the O or the D that let us down?
FWIW, I think it's a thousand times more likely that the defense would have kept us from winning this Lombardi if we'd gotten in. We'd be shredded by each of these teams that are playing. Ben and Leveon and our surprising Oline would have scored good points. But we would have seen Troy running straight to the wrong part of the field, Ike getting burned/PI, no pressure on the QB ... I honestly think it would have been embarassing.
Not making the playoffs this year is a wake up call in the FO's eyes, some people have written. But, I think a complete shellacking on D in the playoffs would have been an even bigger one. I'm kind of worried that the upward trajectory we had in the 2nd half of the season might convince the deciders that things really aren't that bad on D, and make decisions accordingly.