Monique Walker of the Boston Globe writes about the Patriots defense's up-and-down night in their loss to the Giants. After playing what most argue was the best defensive football of the year through three quarters, the defense was unable to close out the Giants, allowing back-to-back 80-yard drives to end the game. "It was very frustrating,'' said Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo. "At the end of the day, we take it on our shoulders. We have to close the game and we didn't execute when we needed to.''
Ron Borges of the Boston Herald writes about the potential end of the Patriots dynasty. After losing back-to-back games for only the third time since 2003, and losing their first home game with Tom Brady as a starter since 2006, the Patriots best may not be enough. "'We did the best we could,' Belichick said after the Giants marched 80 yards in 81 seconds to turn a last-minute, 20-17 lead into the end of the Pats' 20-game regular-season home winning streak."
Mary Paoletti of CSNNE.com writes about the defensive improvements seen in the Patriots loss to the Giants. "It's tough," cornerback Devin McCourty said. "As a defense you hate giving up any touchdowns and toward the end of the game we know there's only a few possessions left and we've just got to get those stops. There's nothing we can do about it now, but this'll happen again. Close games like this, once you get toward the end of the season -- it seems like they happen each week. We've got to just learn from this game and be prepared when it happens again."
ESPNBoston.com writes about Tom Brady's comments about his chemistry with Chad Ochocinco after the Patriots loss to the Giants. "We make improvements every week. It's just a matter of us ultimately getting it done in the game," Brady said. "Every week there's more confidence in what we're doing with him, and with him and me. It's just a matter of us getting out there and doing it on the field. Believe me, no one's more frustrated than us. We talked after the game about what we need to do to get better. And we're just going to keep doing it. We really don't know any other way." Ochocinco also spoke with reporters and said, "'Yeah, because we're missing it by this much,' Ocho told the Herald as he held two fingers close together."That's it. That's what he was saying, 'Just keep working.'"
Michael Hurley of NESN.com writes about many issues and thoughts that came out of the Patriots loss to the Giants. Issues from special teams to problems on the sidelines, many problems arose in the loss. Yet even with all of the problems, when Tom Brady was asked if he was worried about his teams' mental toughness he said, "Not with the character of the guys that are out there. That's why they're on this team. There are a lot of guys who battled back and fought through adversity. Wes takes some huge hits and gets back up and runs back on the field. Look, everyone hates losing. Man, it sucks. You put a lot into it each week and it sucks when you lose. But look, no one feels sorry for you. We're going to come back and we're going to fight just as hard next week and hopefully the outcome is a little bit better."