What went right for the Pats ...
1. Getting Spiked — Midway through the first quarter, Brandon Spikes delivered a monster, clean hit on Giants tight end Jake Ballard. Somehow, he held onto the ball. It was a great football sequence, and a play that we haven’t seen much around the NFL this season.
2. First-half defense — If you would have said Saturday that the Giants wouldn’t score a single point until the third quarter, you’d have been laughed out of the sports bar. But that was precisely the case yesterday. The Pats defense was actually very good for the first 30 minutes. (Weird, right?) Unfortunately, the Pats offense couldn’t get them any points, and the ‘D’ was gassed by the end of the game.
3. Welker does it again — Wes Welker did just about all he could yesterday, making nine catches for 136 yards. Tight end/Twitter superstar Rob Gronkowski was right behind him with eight catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. That was about it for the receiving game, though. Deion Branch mustered just two catches, and Chad Ochocinco was held without a reception for the third straight game.
What went wrong ...
1. Special teams — This award goes for both sides. The Giants gave the Patriots life by fumbling a punt return, although the Pats could only muster a field goal. What did the Pats do shortly after? Returned the favor, thanks to a Julian Edelman fumble.
2. Everything offense — Forget that last scoring drive. Where was the offense before that? Tom Brady and the Pats need to be better — especially with their terrible defense. New England won’t win many games when they score just 20 points and Brady turns over the ball three times.
3. Last stand — As bad as the Pats offense looked yesterday, it put them in position to win late. But again, the ‘D’ didn’t show up when it mattered most. A team with Super Bowl dreams can’t give up the kind of drive Eli Manning put together.
The streaks that ended yesterday
Before yesterday, the Patriots had won 20 straight regular-season home games, and 18 against NFC teams.
The Pats QB, meanwhile, had been on the field for a stunning 31 consecutive regular-season wins in