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How bad are Pats' 1st-quarter woes?

Can New England keep counting on being able to come back from early deficits?

Updated: January 5, 2012, 12:53 AM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPNBoston.com

Do the New England Patriots have a first-quarter problem?

On Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, the Patriots trailed 21-0 at the end of the first quarter, but came back to win. That had happened only seven times in NFL history.

The Patriots were actually the first team to lose after leading 21-0 going into the second quarter. That was 37 years ago, when the Miami Dolphins climbed back to a 34-27 win.

New England's win on Sunday -- particularly by such a large margin -- helped ...

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