FOXBOROUGH -- One of the hallmarks of the Tom Brady-led Patriots offense is the two-minute attack.
Trailing 24-13 with 5:25 remaining in regulation, it was two-minute time as the Patriots had to quicken the pace.
"It's a great feeling to have that rhythm and that aspect of the game back," left tackle Matt Light said. "[Tom] was out there making all the right plays and delivering the ball downfield and all those guys were making huge catches."
Here is a closer look at the personnel in the two-minute offense, a group which was on the field for the team's final 18 snaps of the night (including two-point conversions):
For Watson, who had the game's final two touchdown catches, it was meaningful to be part of the two-minute attack with the game on the line.
He was projected to be on the roster bubble in the team's final preseason game, when he played with most of the backups.
"You just never know how stuff is going to go," he said. "You never know how a game is going to go. There have been games when I haven't been in the game plan and played a lot, or games where I have been in the game plan a lot and haven't played a lot. The game kind of takes on its own character as it goes along. You have to be prepared at all times. One thing I've learned about this team is that anybody could be making those plays on any given Sunday or Monday."
Mike Reiss first started covering the Patriots in 1997 with the team's official newspaper, Patriots Football Weekly, before moving on to the MetroWest Daily News in his hometown of Framingham. From 2005 to 2009, he covered the Patriots for The Boston Globe, while also writing on the NFL. He started his popular Patriots blog in 2004. Send any questions or comments for Mike to his mailbag. Follow him on Twitter here.