CLEAREST WRITING ON THE WALL
Carolina got the first offensive series of the game. When the Patriots employed a dime package, the sixth defensive back onto the field was… Nate Ebner? Nate Ebner. The safety hasn't been much of a safety this season; he's played zero snaps on defense. But it was he New England called upon, rather than 2012 second-round selection Tavon Wilson. True, Wilson has been dealing with a hamstring injury this season. That's not what kept him out of action early Monday night, however.