Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/13/13
FOXBORO, Mass. – Drew Brees targeted Jimmy Graham six times on Sunday. He caught zero passes. Much of the credit goes to Aqib Talib, but the entire Patriots secondary had to shine to hold Graham and the Saints’ offense. That’s why two defensive back are included in this week’s stars of the game. Check out the rest of the stars of the game below. Tom Brady - Well. What can you say? He threw an interception on what could have been the Patriots’ game-winning drive. Then he connected with Kenbrell Thompkins for a 17-yard game-winning touchdown. That’s why he’s Tom Brady. Aqib Talib - Talib held Graham catchless before the No. 1 cornerback left the field. Talib has been a nuisance the last four weeks as he’s gone against top receivers. He limited Vincent Jackson, Julio Jones, A.J. Green and Graham in consecutive weeks. Talib left the game with a hip injury. He did not return. Alfonzo Dennard - Dennard has been nearly as good as his counterpart across the field. He was in on a touchdown to Kenny Stills, but it was just as much, if not more, on Steve Gregory. The defense isn’t just shining because of Talib, it’s because of the entire secondary. Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, Logan Ryan and Gregory had solid games, as well. Stevan Ridley - The Patriots finally went back to last year’s bell cow back. The decision paid off for New England. He scored two touchdowns and kept the offense moving all game. Chandler Jones - The defensive end came up with two key sacks, including the one that gave the ball back to the Patriots. The Patriots’ pass rush wasn’t fantastic, but Jones came up with big plays when they were needed. Have a question for Doug Kyed? Send it to him via Twitter at @DougKyedNESN or send it here. Filed under: Doug Kyed, New England Patriots, Top Stories

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Florida's Chiozza sends Wisconsin home on incredible buzzer-beater

LaVar Ball gets Crying Jordan, meme treatment after UCLA loss

Celtics upset Suns tried to pad Devin Booker’s stats

Five teams that may be interested in Blake Griffin this summer

Report: Tony Romo ‘believes it’s Texans or retirement’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Clay Matthews Sr. passes away at 88

WWE’s Kane is inching toward running for mayor in Tennessee

Jung Ho Kang denied visa for DUI, may miss 2017 MLB season

Jets not ready to say Josh McCown will be starter

Sens owner on Sidney Crosby: He’s 'a whiner' and should be suspended for Methot slash

Report: Griffin could be growing more open to leaving Clippers

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

The NFL distraction playbook

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Lingering issues for each 2016 MLB postseason team

Box Score 3/23: Team USA wins their first WBC title

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

With Team USA's victory the WBC (finally) lived up to its potential

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Steph Curry pushes OKC's buttons

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker