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News Blitz 12/3: Five Things that should bug you about Sunday's loss

In this edition of the news blitz we recap the Patriots loss to the Green Bay Packers and look ahead to the team's Sunday night match-up against the San Diego Chargers

Following the Patriots loss to the Packers on Sunday, Jeremy Gottlieb of filed a report card on the team's performance in Green Bay. Gottlieb gave the offense a B- while the defense received a B. Even though Rodgers threw for more than 300 yards, the Patriots held the Packers offense to only 26 points -- which something that's not easy to do in Green Bay.

"With the exception of the 45-yard TD pass to Jordy Nelson at the end of the first half (an absolute killer) and the deep sideline pass to Davante Adams on Logan Ryan to set up the Packers' first touchdown, the Patriots were solid -- if not a bit malleable -- on defense all day," said Gottlieb.


Chris Gasper]( of the Boston Globe was also impressed with the Patriots defense despite the loss. He joined Gary Tanguay on Comcast SportsNet's 'Early Edition' to discuss the positives and negatives from their trip to Green Bay. Gasper said that the Patriots defense kept the team in the game, which is something they weren't able to do in past years.

But despite people calling it "a good loss" Tony Massarotti says there are aspects from Sunday's game that should really bug you. In a recent article on, Massarotti highlighted five things that are concerning if you're a Patriots fan.

"The fact that in a very obvious situation, the Patriots two best defensive backs allowed themselves to get smoked for a touchdown," wrote Massarotti. "To make matters worse, Revis then suggested after the game that Nelson pushed off on the play, stressing that he did not want that to be an excuse. But you know what it sounded like? An excuse."

Team photographer, David Silverman, offers his best photos from the Patriots game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday, November 30, 2014.

The play Massarotti's referring to is the 45-yard touchdown that Rodgers threw to Jordy Nelson in the final seconds of the first half. If it weren't for that play, the Patriots may have won on Sunday. In fact, Ben Volin says that in addition to that play, there were two other plays that could have drastically changed the outcome of the game.

"One incompletion. Two false steps. And one timeout. Add up the tiny miscues, and it led to a heartbreaking Patriots loss," wrote Volin in his article in the Boston Globe.

Instead of coming back to Boston after the loss, the Patriots traveled to San Diego to begin preparing for their Sunday night matchup against the Chargers. But don't expect the team to be soaking in the rays at the beach. According to Lee Schechter of ESPN Boston, it's all business this week for the Patriots. Matthew Slater explained during a conference call that this trip provides a great team-building experience for the players.

"It's an opportunity for us to clear our minds, spend a lot of time together and just focus on the task at hand of playing the Chargers this week," said Slater in the conference call.


Tom Krasovic]( wrote a scouting report on the Patriots for U-T San Diego so that Chargers fans know what to expect on Sunday. He points out that this is not the first meeting between Bill Belichick and Chargers coach Mike McCoy. The two were on opposing sidelines during Super Bowl 38 when the Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers for their second Super Bowl trophy in three years. McCoy was the Panther's quarterbacks coach at the time and helped guide Jake Delhomme to three touchdowns against the Patriots' top-ranked defense.

The Daily MVP released a new commercial this morning with Tom Brady featured as the star of the ad. In the commercial, Brady plays a telemarketer named Gary, and in my opinion, the ad is funnier than any Peyton Manning commercial out there. Definitely worth a watch!

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