1) Jerod Mayo – Perhaps one of the only consistent forces on defense, Mayo was constantly around the ball, gathering 11 tackles(7 solo), 0.5 sacks, a pass defended and a fumble recovery.
2) Ryan Allen – Allen has shown more evidence of why the team opted to keep him over incumbent Zoltan Mesko. Allen was called upon 8 times to punt for the Patriots, five of those punts landed inside the Bengals 20, none resulted in touchbacks.
3) Fans – You have to credit fans who braved the elements to see this game on a Sunday night. Even in a downpour thousands stayed to watch the very end.
1) The Weather – Talk about bad timing, just when the Patriots were in a come from behind mode, the heavens opened up in a downpour. During the Patriots' final drive it rained harder than at any other point in the game. Shortly after Tom Brady's pass was intercepted, ending New England's comeback bid, the rain let up.
2) Offensive Line – Brady was hurried, harried, blitzed, sacked and knocked down for much of the day. Even when handing the ball off, the Patriots O-line had trouble opening holes. Things got off to a rough start for Nate Solder who was beaten on an inside rush by Geno Atkins for Brady's first sack in the first series. It was Solder who was beaten by an outside rush in the second series by Wallace Gilberry resulting in another sack and another tough third down conversion.
3) Tom Brady – Even when Brady had time, he wasn't efficient with the ball, putting the pass in some tough places to catch, or missing on some of his throws. Brady finished with 18 completions in 38 attempts for 197 yards and an interception. Certainly conditions made it difficult for Brady, as did the line play, but Brady wasn't himself Sunday and it showed.
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