CINCINNATI -- Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was so impressed by his team's defensive effort in CIncinnati's 13-6 victory over the Patriots on Sunday that defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was handed a rain-drenched game ball in the locker room.
"That's a great accomplishment," Lewis said. "I don't normally give out game balls, but I gave that one to Zimmer. They played well today. They were tight in coverage most of the day. Upfront, they got after it."
Geno Atkins sacked Brady on his first pass attempt, and the Bengals dropped him four times overall. New England failed to get into the end zone after a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter.
"We knew we were going to have our hands full, but we were able to get to Brady on the second play," defensive tackle Domata Peko said. "After that, you could see he was a little shaky. If you hit somebody enough, they're going to make mistakes."
"All week long, all you guys were talking about was Tom Brady," safety Chris Crocker said. "We wanted them to be talking about us."
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-- The Patriots have now forced a turnover in 32 straight games, dating back to 2011, with Brandon Spikes’ first-quarter interception. It is the longest active streak in the NFL.
-- Tom Brady's streak of 52 straight games with at least one touchdown pass Sunday. Brady’s streak is the second-longest in NFL history, behind Drew Brees (54). -- The Patriots were held to just six points, their lowest output since three Stephen Gostkowski field goals in a 16-9 loss at the New York Jets on Sept. 20, 2009. -- Julian Edelman is on pace to finish with 115 receptions, which would make him the third Patriots player to finish with 100 receptions. Wes Welker and Troy Brown are the others.
-- Rookie DL Joe Vellano made his first NFL start. He finished with three total tackles.
-- LB Jerod Mayo finished with 11 tackles and now has a team-leading 45 total tackles. He is on pace to finish with 144 total tackles. Mayo has registered 100 or more tackles in five straight seasons and needs one more 100-tackle season to tie Fred Marion (6) for the all-time lead in team history.
From wire reports and the Patriots' P.R. department.