BEST EARLY BAILOUTS (PATRIOTS)
New England's first drive should have died two different times. The first? A third-down incomplete between Tom Brady and Julian Edelman that was wiped out by a defensive holding penalty. The second time was when running back Shane Vereen, possibly because of the rain, fumbled uncharacteristically on a third-down carry. The Patriots managed to recover the ball and weasel their way into field goal range. Stephen Gostkowski nailed the 43-yarder to put three points on the board. The fact they got anything out of the ugly drive was surprising.