The Patriots entered Sunday night's showdown with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers a bit shorthanded without the services of offensive starters Rob Gronkowski, Sony Michel and Shaq Mason. So, it was the defense that stepped and led New England to a 31-17 victory at Gillette Stadium.
ESPN.com looks back to a key sequence in the fourth quarter when the Patriots forced a turnover and then used a trick play to break a 17-17 tie. NBC Sports Boston also looks at Lawrence Guy's key strip, which was the play of the game. Josh Gordon had a big night after dealing with a dislocated finger in the second half.
The win was another reminder why Tom Brady is the greatest of all time.The Boston Globeagrees, saying Brady wasn't about to lose to Rodgers in his house. When it was all said and done, theBoston Heraldsays Brady was there in the end.
The Boston Globe looks at an impressive night out of the backfield for Cordarrelle Patterson. They also provide the best and worst from Sunday night. Despite the win, the Patriots had some iffy moments along the way.
For all of the talk about Brady and Rodgers, the Providence Journal points to the work of the Patriots defense in the victory. NBC Sports Boston agrees, saying the defense stole the spotlight. A motivated Stephon Gilmore turned in a stellar performance against Packers boastful wideout Davante Adams. The best and worst from the Patriots-Packers game courtesy of NBC Sports Boston. The Athletic writes that the Patriots showed the Packers what winning the NFL is all about. The Boston Sports Journal writes about Brian Flores' coming out party as the boss of the Patriots defense.