The Patriots played the Oakland Raiders (winning 16-13 in overtime), the Pittsburgh Steelers (winning 24-17) and the St. Louis Rams (winning Superbowl XXXVI 20-17).
The last Yankees playoff game was on October 22, 2010 against the Texas Rangers. Colby Lewis was the winning pitcher in game 6 of the ALCS. The last Yankees win was by CC Sabathia in game 5.
Carolina Panthers, 6-3 for a .667 winning percentage.
By winning a few games, getting to the playoffs, winning all the playoff games, & then by winning the AFC conference championship game.
Winning 8 straight games will do it.