If the New England Patriots need to accomplish anything before the postseason, it probably should be avoiding sluggish starts.
The AFC East champions had to rally from a double-digit deficit for the second consecutive week, recovering from an early hole and then holding off the woeful Jacksonville Jaguars 23-16 on Sunday.
Tom Brady threw two interceptions in the first quarter but bounced back with two touchdown passes to lead the come-from-behind victory.
''We came out flat and I think it showed out there,'' Patriots receiver Wes Welker said. ''We've got to do a better job of starting fast and doing what we do to take control of the game.''
A week after falling behind 31-3 against San Francisco and tying the game before losing 41-34, the Patriots (11-4) found themselves down 10-0 in Jacksonville.
But the Jaguars faded in the third quarter for the fourth consecutive week, lost for the 11th time in the last 12 games and set a franchise record for losses in a season.
Brady had a ...