Originally written on Boston Sports Media Watch  |  Last updated 12/24/12
Not one to put into the style points section. The Patriots started sluggish, and were sloppy for much of yesterday, but managed to get enough defensive stops to hold off the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-16 and improve to 11-4 on the season. The offensive line had problems protecting Tom Brady, who threw two interceptions, the secondary was depleted (when Pat Chung is back out there taking regular turns on the defense, you know things are bad) and the compete level at times across the board was lacking. Still, they survived, and will have the opportunity, however slight it may be, to play for a first round bye next Sunday. If the Colts, who have nothing to play for in terms of playoff seeding, but who will get a boost from the return of coach Chuck Pagano this week, can beat the Texans at home Sunday, the Patriots can get the bye with a win over the Dolphins. They can also get a bye with a win and a loss by the Broncos at home to the Chiefs, but that scenario seems even more unlikely. The...
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