For the fourth time in just seven games, the Patriots nearly blew another fourth-quarter lead.
And for the first time all season, the team found a way to close in crunch time.
As ugly as it could have been, Tom Brady made sure the Pats avoided their fourth loss of the season and their place atop the AFC East.
After struggling to get anything going in the fourth quarter, Brady engineered two signature drives, one coming with less 1:37 left and the other in overtime.
Although they had to settle for field goals in both situations, the defense ended up pulling through when it mattered most, as linebacker Rob Ninkovich and Jermaine Cunningham teamed up for a game-ending strip-sack of Mark Sanchez.
Though there are still plenty of areas of concern—namely the pass defense and the Brady-Brandon Lloyd connection—the Patriots have to be happy about escaping with a 29-29 victory over their most bitter rival.
Let’s take a look at this week’s risers and fallers.