FOXBORO - Did the Jacksonville Jaguars get the Patriots' attention? Did Tom Brady and Bill Belichick? Was last Sunday a flat performance or a harbinger of a team flattening out? Will the Dolphins compete in the cold or mail it in for the year? All those dynamics are in play as the Patriots play their final regular season game of 2012 with a 12-4 record at stake and - possibly - a first-round bye.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots took different approaches as the National Anthem played on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Many, including safety and captain Devin McCourty, took a knee. Others stood and linked arms.
On the opposite sideline, it appeared as though every member of the Texans stood on the sidelines and linked arms.
Those joining McCourty on a knee included Stephon Gilmore, Malcolm Butler, Lawrence Guy, Johnson Bademosi, Alan Branch, Brandon King, Malcom Brown and rookies Deatrich Wise and Adam Butler.
Among those linking arms were Tom Brady, Phillip Dorsett, Cassius Marsh, Matthew Slater, David Harris and Dwayne Allen.