Defense comes up with big plays in win

Updated: September 19, 2011, 1:37 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- If I told you the New England Patriots defense gave up 470 total yards and allowed the San Diego Chargers to convert on 83 percent of their third-down opportunities (10 of 12), and then stopped there without providing any additional details, what chance would you have given the Pats to pull out a victory?

Funny thing about this defense. They give up too many yards, too many points, yet their coach believed in them enough to go for it on fourth-and-4 from the ...

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