Tom Brady executed his 32nd fourth-quarter comeback, and the New England defense was stout, especially when it needed to be, as the Patriots rallied from a 13-16 fourth quarter deficit to a 20-16 win yesterday at Gillette Stadium.
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Ten Things We Learned Sunday: Ten years later, Tom Brady still majoring in drama – Christopher Price runs down what we can take from this win. Mark Farinella says that the Patriots are fortunate to be 5-1. Bill Burt says that the Patriots are back. Tim Weisberg says that the offense finally looked human, but the defense made a statement. Michael Hurley says that this was a Super Bowl-era performance from Brady and the Patriots.
Defense comes up with big plays – Mike Reiss says that the collective confidence of the defense is rising, and that was on display yesterday. Karen Guregian has more on the defense stating its case yesterday. Rich Garven says that the defense’s work on Jason Whitten was especially impressive. Monique Walker has more on some big plays by the defense. Hector Longo thinks that we saw the birth of a defense at 7:04 of the third quarter.
Another Ryan, another Brady win – Greg A Bedard says that after beating the Ryan boys on back-to-back weeks, Tom Brady can spend the bye week in Brazil, or screaming like a little girl down a water slide if he wants. Ron Borges has more on Brady closing out the Cowboys. Jim Donaldson has Brady proving once again why he is the best. Chris Forsberg says that the Patriots expected – and received – the happy ending in this one. Tom E. Curran notes that it has been a while since Tom Brady struggled in a game, but made the adjustments to come out on top in the end. Jackie MacMullan and Bob Ryan have Brady coming through yet again.
Spikes reads, reacts – Dan Ventura looks at some big plays from the second-year linebacker. Julian Benbow has second-year tight end Aaron Hernandez putting his fumble behind him and making the winning TD catch. Forsberg looks at the Quincy jump.
They catch a break before the break – The Patriots Journal has the team going into the bye week on a good note. The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport has the Cowboys containing Wes Welker. The Globe notebook from Shalise Manza Young has Chad Ochocinco barely seeing the field. The Enterprise notebook from Glen Farley says that it will be a good bye for the Patriots.
John Henry showed he’s a team player – Tony Massarotti gives his thoughts on John Henry’s surprise appearance on his radio show Friday afternoon.
Things-to-do list awaits Ben Cherington – Scott Lauber looks at the things the GM-in-waiting will have to get done.