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3 up, 3 down for Patriots

11/27/2011

PHILADELPHIA -- At an initial glance, a look at three players whose performance was "up" and three who were at the opposite end of the spectrum:

Up

Tom Brady
-- Quarterback finishes 24 of 34 for 361 yards, with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions, firing up his teammates on the sideline in the second quarter when he senses some taking their foot off the accelerator. He adds five rushes for 28 yards.

Julian Edelman & third-down D -- Receiver-turned-defensive back does a little bit of everything -- blitzing, shedding blocks and making 3 tackles. His performance as a nickel and dime back highlights the Patriots' solid effort on third down, where the Eagles are 1 of 10 at one point before finishing 4 of 13.

Wes Welker/Deion Branch -- Receivers combine for 14 catches for 240 yards and two touchdowns.

Down

Tiquan Underwood -- Big target plays as the third receiver in three-wide package and drops a would-be long touchdown catch from quarterback Tom Brady in the second quarter.

Sebastian Vollmer -- Right tackle looks like he has some problems on the edge before leaving the game in the second half with a right foot/ankle injury.

Brian Waters -- Veteran right guard picks up two late holding penalties on back-to-back plays, at a time when the outcome was well in hand.