Discussion

Mixed reactions to a tough loss

Patriots' fighting spirit softens blow and fosters hope for the playoffs

Updated: December 18, 2012, 2:29 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

This week's Patriots mailbag is filled with mixed emotions.

The silver-lining crowd has been well accounted for. As disappointing as the Patriots' loss to the 49ers was on Sunday night, the spirited second-half charge had many citing the team's resolve as a reason to believe there are better things ahead.

But as is the case with any loss, it has sparked some concern from others. Big plays given up by the defense, another fumble by running back Stevan Ridley and cornerback ...

Read full story

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

EDITORS' PICKS

  • Will Blue Line Hold Up?
    The Bruins' depth on defense already will be put to the test.
  • Closing The Gaps
    The Pats' run defense won't magically improve as the opponents get tougher, says Tedy Bruschi.
  • Opener Not Ruled Out
    Brad Stevens said it's a "possibility" Rajon Rondo could be ready for the opener.
  • BC Can't Look Back
    After nearly upsetting No. 24 Clemson, the Eagles must put the 'What ifs' aside and move on.
  • Latest Top 25
    Haverhill makes its debut in our statewide poll this week.

ALSO SEE