“I don’t know what the future is, and I’m not going to predict it,” he told reporters. “I was proud to be a part of this team, not only this year but every year. No one needs to make choices at this point. I love playing football. I love playing for this team. I love playing for this team for two decades and winning a lot of games.”So maybe no one must make a final decision at this point on how to view what the Patriots have brought us since that night in January 2002, when Adam Vinatieri kicked a snowball through the uprights and delivered the first of 30 postseason victories accumulated prior to the club’s surprisingly difficult 2019 season.When the end does arrive, though, acclaim will not be unanimous. Only he knows what is next. Well, maybe he’s told Gisele something.MORE: Analyzing Brady’s options for 2020In one sense, though, we will not see the end of the current Patriots regime at least until the NFL rules on the latest “-gate” involving the organization. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the league is expected to impose discipline for an episode involving a team-affiliated video crew recording activity on the Bengals’ sideline in advance of the Pats’ visit to Cincinnati. Schefter said a decision would come within two weeks, though the league responded by labeling any such report speculative .MORE: Did Patriots cheat by videotaping Bengals?If the Patriots are punished, then they will own half as many sanctions for competitive infractions (three) as they do Lombardi Trophies (six).It is hard to imagine fans of the league — fans of other teams in the league, to be more specific — holding the Patriots dynasty in the same esteem as NBA fans do the 1990s Chicago Bulls. There is a reverence about what Michael Jordan and his teammates accomplished that is so enduring, ESPN is soon to air a documentary series on them that has as many episodes as “Band of Brothers.”MORE: A timeline of Patriots scandals, from Spygate to Deflategate and moreThe Patriots’ legacy might be more complicated than any great team in any sport, ever.As Brady watched most of his last chance to extend his 2019 season chewed up by Titans running back Derrick Henry, the Titans’ offense consuming 11 minutes, 10 seconds of the final quarter at Gillette Stadium, and as CBS announcers Jim Nantz and Tony Romo discussed whether this would be the quarterback’s last game or just his last in New England, I began to contemplate that subject. I decided to follow the course most anyone would in the year 2020.I devised a Twitter poll.It read:”If that is the end, how will you view the Patriots’ dynasty?1- With unflinching respect2 – With a skeptical eye”The responses were almost evenly split, with 51 percent choosing the negative response. And that is precisely the point.”I can’t stand them,” said Jets fan Chris Gabriele , “but they have been the greatest dynasty in sports and I respect what they have done.”“Patriots are the Lance Armstrong of the NFL,” said Steelers fan Evan Jenkins .Brady was not saying after the game whether he would return to New England or to the NFL , although he was more affirmative on the latter question, saying retirement is “pretty unlikely” at this point.VIDEO: Brady’s postgame comments It began in the snow and, quite possibly, ended in the rain. The Patriots’ victory 18 years ago in a playoff game against the Raiders that was buried in a blizzard and clouded by the controversy over the “Tuck Rule” launched an unprecedented reign over the NFL. That reign might have concluded with a soaked Logan Ryan returning a Tom Brady pass for a pick-six late Saturday.Brady unofficially completed his contract with the Patriots when the final whistle blew on the Titans’ 20-13 victory in the NFL wild-card round. He is about to become a free agent. He also is about to become 43 years old, an age that saw Roger Staubach, John Elway, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning long retired.