Eli Manning did it to the Patriots again, leading a last second touchdown drive to beat New England after the Patriots had just scored a touchdown of their own to take a late lead. The Patriots defense had some decent moments yesterday, but simply could not get it done when it counted, allowing the Giants to march down the field for the winning score in just under 100 seconds of play.
The Patriots fall to 5-3 with the loss, and now go into their toughest game of the season, next Sunday night in New York against the suddenly revitalized Jets. I don’t think many around these parts give the Patriots much chance of winning that one. Tom Brady keeps talking about the character of this team, but what confidence do we really have in this group? They certainly haven’t earned it to the point.
Tom Brady, Patriots showing limitations – Mike Reiss notes that suddenly it is the offense that has people worried. Greg A. Bedard agrees that this one was on the offense. Karen Guregian notes that Tom Brady just doesn’t have enough weapons that he trusts on offense. (I’d agree with this – this is where Ochocinco is just killing the Patriots. They need a third receiver in the worst way.) Rich Garven says that the offense is much more troublesome than the defense at this point. Nick Underhill has the offense frustrated with their own lack of execution. Danny Picard has the offense just not doing enough.
Total recall – Mark Farinella says that with Jake Ballard playing the role of David Tyree, this one will haunt the Patriots. Ian R. Rapoport has the Patriots just unable to put away the Giants. Hector Longo says that any adjustments the Patriots attempted were just not enough. Shalise Manza Young has the Patriots unable to make the final Brady score stand up. Tim Weisberg says that while it is far from Chicken Little time in Foxboro, the Patriots are running out of time to become a complete team.
Patriots defense’s good work forgotten – Chris Forsberg says that the good work put in by the defense early in the game went to waste in the end. Dan Duggan looks at the unit’s inability to make a stand at the end. Monique Walker has the defense taking the fourth quarter off. Mary Paoletti says that while the defense made strides, it wasn’t enough. Jim Donaldson says that this is a no-name, no-game defense. Jeff Howe has the defense’s improvements going for naught yesterday as they coughed up two fourth-quarter leads.
Ten Things We Learned Sunday: Real test now looms for Patriots – Christopher Price runs down what we can take from this game. Andrew Tornetta has five things we learned. Jimmy Toscano looks what went right and wrong. Dan Duggan picks out the Best and the Worst from yesterday. Reiss gives his 3 up, 3 down.
Patriots’ best no longer enough – Ron Borges says that the Patriots dynasty is over. Wait, I thought it was over in 2005? Or 2006? 2008? 2009?
Patriots must dig deep to prove prowess – Tom E Curran says that the Patriots have a lot to prove, both to themselves and others.
On Cruz control – Chad Finn has former UMass star Victor Cruz doing in the Patriots.
Rough day for Welker – Julian Benbow looks at a rough, but productive day for the Patriots receiver.
Secondary needs primary approach – Ty Law says that the defensive backs need some coaching from one of the best positional coaches in football – Bill Belichick.
Stephen Gostkowski missed field goal costly – Jennifer Toland’s notebook has a missed chip-shot field goal proving costly for the Patriots. The Patriots Journal has the team hoping to turn things around against the Jets. The Globe notebook from Shalise Manza Young and Monique Walker has Brady relying heavily on his top receiving duo of Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski yesterday. The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport has Ochocino again failing to record a catch despite five targets. The Enterprise notebook from Glen Farley has Sergio Brown surprised at the pass interference call on him that ultimately decided the game. The MetroWest notebook from Tim Whelan Jr has more on the offensive struggles.
Hot Dan! Duquette back in action? – Gordon Edes has the former Red Sox GM back in baseball, as President of Baseball Operations for the Baltimore Orioles. John Tomase thinks we may discover that we were wrong about Duquette.
Wondering what these managerial interviews are like? Josh Byrnes can offer some insight – Rob Bradford talks to the Padres GM about the process of hiring a manager.
Sox Win Big In Deal To Use Streets – A feature in the Globe by The Initiative For Investigative Reporting looks at the success the Red Sox have had in a deal with the city to lease Yawkey Way and Lansdowne Street.
NBA on edge of darkness – Steve Bulpett looks at the NBA Labor talks, which are on the brink of complete disaster.