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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
AP Pro32 poll on the Patriots

By Mike Reiss

The weekly Associated Press Pro32 poll has the Patriots as the No. 3 team in the NFL, and here are comments from the panel (with individual rankings):

Chris Berman (ESPN, 2) — Only befitting a rare December loss by Brady was to boyhood team.

Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 2) — No question about their offense, but defense still has some issues.

Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 3) — Brady's still incredible, but don't know if I trust that defense.

Bob Glauber (Newsday, 4) — Amazing comeback in the second half, but no moral victories for Bill Belichick. Suddenly, the Patriots are at risk of losing a first-round bye.

Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 5) — QB Tom Brady has now lost more home games this season (two) than in his previous three seasons combined (one).

Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 5) — Here's what should concern you about your team, New England fans: While it's 9-1 vs. the AFC, it's 1-3 vs. the NFC West. Honest.

Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 4) — If Tom Brady went against his own DBs every week, he'd throw for 6,000 yards.

Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 4) — Too many turnovers to overcome against San Francisco even for Tom Brady. The Patriots and Niners may meet again.

John Lynch (Fox Sports, 2) — The Patriots made a valiant Tom Brady-led comeback, but it was the 49ers that made a real statement playing physical football resulting in a big-time win at Foxborough. The Pats need Gronk back on offense.

Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 3) — San Francisco exposed that the Patriots still have significant issues with their pass defense.

Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 4) — Even in defeat they earned respect because of their incredible ability to come back when trailing.