Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 12/21/12

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on during warm ups against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
New England Patriots (10-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12) Tom Brady and the Patriots lost last week, but there was still a lot to like from that game. They scored 34 points on the league’s best defense, despite a season high 4 turnovers and despite missing Rob Gronkowski. Their defense surrendered 41 points, but that could have been a lot less if not for the uncharacteristic 4 turnovers. The loss knocked them down from being seen as the consensus Super Bowl favorites, but it didn’t knock them down too far. They still are by far the league’s best team in points differential, thanks to 21 wins by 6 or more (most in the NFL) and no losses by more than a touchdown (1 of only 2 teams that can say so, with Seattle being the other, but they should have lost by 9 in San Francisco, if not for the Harbaugh declined challenge). I don’t think anyone out there would be shocked if they didn’t lose again this season and maybe a loss was exactly what they needed. They’ve ended the last 2 seasons o...
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