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Monday, January 2, 2012
Stat check: Final Pats rankings

By Mike Reiss

Each week during the NFL season, a "stat check" that highlights where the Patriots (13-3) rank among all NFL teams is highlighted.

Here are the final rankings:

Points scored
Final ranking: 3rd -- 32.06 avg.

Points against
Final ranking: 15th -- 21.37 avg.

Third-down offense
Final ranking: 5th -- 89 of 194 (45.9%)

Third-down defense
Final ranking: 28th -- 87 of 202 (43.1%)

Turnover differential
Final ranking: 3rd -- Plus-17 (34 takeaways, 17 giveaways)

Red zone offense (TD percentage)
Final ranking: 2nd (47 touchdowns/72 trips)

Red zone defense
Final ranking: Tied-21st (34 touchdowns/61 trips)

EXTRA POINT: After ranking last in the NFL in yards allowed for most of the season, the Patriots finished 31st out of the NFL's 32 teams (411.1 avg.). The Green Bay Packers are 32nd, with an average of 411.6.