Patriots live 'n' die with game-plan O

Updated: October 20, 2012, 1:58 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- If ever there was a stretch of games to illustrate how the New England Patriots pride themselves on being a "game-plan" offense, these last three are it.

After rushing for more than 200 yards in back-to-back weeks, marking the first time they'd done so since 1978, the Patriots essentially conceded the ground game in last Sunday's disappointing 24-23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. They finished with 59 dropbacks and 26 rushes.

This is the essence of the game-plan ...

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