While most people viewed Sunday night's matchup between two of the game's best quarterbacks as a potential shootout, things didn't exactly unfold that way. New England's 31-17 victory over Green Bay was about much more than offense, as it was the play on the other side of the ball that ultimately made the difference.
The Boston Globe went so far as to say this time it was the defense bailing out Tom Brady and the offense. The Athletic says the defense is picking up believers after its strongest performance of the season.
ESPN.com says the Patriots defense showed it was worthy of some respect after its solid performance against the Packers. Boston.com credits the role the safeties played in disguising coverages as a big reason for that success.
ESPN.com looks back at some of the trick plays the Patriots used Sunday night and recalls how several similar plays have helped the team in the past. Continuing the theme of looking at the past, Boston.com highlights Cordarrelle Patterson's use as a running back and looks back at a host of players used at different positions that have helped the Patriots over the years.
Next up for the Patriots is a trip to Tennessee to take on the 4-4 Titans. The Tennessean says the Titans may have saved their season with a Monday night win in Dallas. The Titans defense gets As for its work against Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. Here are five things to know about the Titans win over the Cowboys.