Sure they have been lucky—such as on the winning drive against Baltimore, when New England was bailed out by an inadvertent timeout called from the Baltimore sideline, its own illegal-procedure penalty, and an interference call in the end zone. And they have, on occasion, been both, such as against New York Giants when head coach Tom Coughlin made some bad calls.
They have beaten six teams that will join them in the NFL playoffs starting this weekend. I have all the respect for Unitas, Montana Marina but in Tom Brady, they have the best quarterback who ever played the game. He is so much better than his peers.
In Bill Belichick, they also have one of the best coaches who ever coached the game. With the exception of Indianapolis, they are heads and shoulders better than the other teams in the league. They pile up scores because this team doesn't know how to let up. They seem to be strongest in fourth quarters. Teams that have played well against the Patriots eventually made mistakes late in the games. Patriots haven't made those mistakes all season. Sure they can be beaten, but its just not going to happen this season.
The are smarter, tougher and better prepared than the rest of the league. The took a chance on Randy Moss and he broke a single season record for touchdown receptions. They saw value in Wes Welker, who caught 112 passes this season. Of course they had the insight to draft Brady.
Everyone hates this team and the cheating scandal involving Belichick at the start of the season reinforced that contempt. But this team is special. That's why so many people watched the mid season classic against Indianapolis and the final game against the Giants.
The Patriots will win the Super Bowl and it won't be close. So deal with it.