Sunday, November 6, 2011
3 up, 3 down for the Patriots
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- On first instinct, a look at three players whose performance was "up" and three players at the opposite end of the spectrum in the Patriots' 24-20 loss to the Giants:
Rob Gronkowski -- Tight end totals eight catches for 101 yards and one touchdown, the score coming on fourth-and-9 on the Patriots' final scoring drive. While he drops one pass, it doesn't overshadow his overall effort.
Rob Ninkovich/Andre Carter -- Ninkovich leads the team with seven tackles, has one quarterback hit, one pass defended and recovers a fumble on the punt coverage unit, while Carter brings some solid pressure with three quarterback hits.
Wes Welker -- Receiver finishes with a team-high nine receptions for a team-high 136 yards. He always comes to play.
Tom Brady -- Quarterback doesn't have his trademark decision-making and accuracy. He finishes 28 of 49 for 342 yards, with two touchdowns, two interceptions and one lost fumble.
Sergio Brown -- Pressed into action for one play as safety Patrick Chung has an injury checked out on the sideline, he is penalized for pass interference at the 1-yard line on the Giants' game-winning drive.
Julian Edelman/Chad Ochocinco -- Edelman loses a fumble on a punt return, while Ochocinco is targeted five times and doesn't have a catch as the connection between him and Tom Brady isn't where it needs to be.