Posted October 16, 2013 on AP on Fox
The Patriots had first-and-goal, less than 3 feet away from a momentum-switching touchdown. They couldn't get it, settling for a field goal and a stunning 13-6 loss that stopped Tom Brady's touchdown streak. A week later, the Bills had first-and-goal at the 2-yard line, looking to grab the lead. They ran four plays and got nowhere, turning it over on downs. Eventually, they also lost the game, 27-24 in overtime, and came away regretting the 2 yards that were too much. Cincinnati's best moments on defense have come right in front of its end zone. The Bengals have pulled off goal-line stands each of the last two weeks for wins over New England and Buffalo. They're 4-2 and alone in first place in the AFC North for the first time since 2009, and a resilient defense has played a big role in it. Those stands have come to define a defense that again ranks among the league's top 10. ''It's just all about attitude, their will against ours,'' defensive tackle Domata Peko said. ''We put o...
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