Dec 212012
 

Last week: 1 (-1)

Record: 10-4

Net points per drive: 1.01 (1st)

DVOA: 39.8% (1st)

Weighted DVOA: 45.6% (1st)

That game against the 49ers felt like it was 6 hours long. It was like 2 games, one the 49ers dominated and one the Patriots dominated. All I can say is I can’t wait for the rematch in the Super Bowl. The Patriots won’t have 4 turnovers in that one and they will have the Gronk, but by virtue of their loss last week, I can’t not swap the 49ers and Patriots atop these Power Rankings. Also by virtue of that loss, the Patriots will have to go to Houston and Denver, though they’ve beaten both and I think the late season loss might be just what the doctor ordered for a team that has ended the season on long winning streaks and not gotten it done in each of the last 2 seasons.

Side note: The Patriots can set the single season record for points in a season if they score 84 against Jacksonville and Miami, which would actually break their own record, set in 2007. They might not have been able to beat the 49ers, but they can do this. They put up 34 on the 49ers, a defense that hadn’t surrendered more than 26 all season. They’ve put up 40+ in 5 games this season, including 4 of their last 7.

Studs

RG Dan Connolly: Allowed 1 sack on 71 pass block snaps, run blocked for 7 yards on 4 attempts

WR Brandon Lloyd: Caught 10 passes for 190 yards on 16 attempts on 71 pass snaps, 4.2 YAC per catch, 1 drop

ROLB Dont’a Hightower: Did not allow a completion on 3 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 7 solo tackles, 1 assist, 4 stops, 1 quarterback hurry on 14 blitzes

FS Devin McCourty: Did not allow a completion on 1 attempt, 1 interception, 2 solo tackles, 5 kickoff returns for 107 yards

LE Rob Ninkovich: 1 sack and 2 quarterback hurries on 28 pass rush snaps, 5 solo tackles, 1 assist, 6 stops

Duds

RB Stevan Ridley: Rushed for 23 yards (13 after contact) on 9 attempts, 1 fumble, allowed 1 quarterback hit on 1 pass block snap

TE Aaron Hernandez: Caught 10 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown on 19 attempts on 69 pass snaps, 3.4 YAC per catch, 4 drops, 1 interception when thrown to

WR Deion Branch: Caught 4 passes for 37 yards on 5 attempts on 43 pass snaps, 3.8 YAC per catch

WR Wes Welker: Caught 5 passes for 56 yards on 8 attempts on 67 pass snaps, 6.2 YAC per catch, 1 interception when thrown to, 5 punt returns for 13 yards

RE Chandler Jones: Did not record a pressure on 14 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackle, 1 stop, 1 missed tackle, 1 penalty

DT Brandon Deaderick: Did not record a pressure on 16 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackle, 1 stop

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