However their success is based on tyrannical attention to detail and execution.
They simply don't miss any attribute of the game that will help them win and don't ever get bogged down in meaningless play mix, possession etc ... stats. And that approach is magnified by playing teams such as the falcons yesterday and the steelers especially who simply don't sweat the details even close to the same way. Playing by gut is code for not caring about the details.
.... and fierce discipline to the appicatîon of that intelligence.
Yup. I also think they create and practice multiple game plans for multiple weaknesses/ players/ match ups and don't hesitate to change if one is not working. Unlike what the steelers do - which is to painfully keep pluggin' away at the same game plan until it breaks open. Players have repeated this during interviews. How many times have they tried the force the issue either with a specific play(go route bomb), a player (AB), or a game plan(zone D)? Then they are left with no plan b, c, d, or e. At least that's what it looks like for this disappointed steeler fan.
I think the Pats are coached to be able to flip the switch and change approach on a dime in the middle of a game or a quarter. Even with tempo and pace. Not sure the steelers can do that. Too many mistakes and lack of "attention to detail" - like you said.