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Sunday, September 8, 2013
Patriots' defense held its own

By Field Yates

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Quarterback Tom Brady orchestrated yet another fourth-quarter comeback for the New England Patriots in their season opening 23-21 win on Sunday, but not to go overlooked was a stout defensive effort that complemented the offense.

In reviewing the game through a statistical lens, the Patriots' defense more than held its own against a Buffalo attack that, although inexperienced, boasts a reliable offensive line and explosive skill players.

A few areas stood out: