Tom Brady seems encouraged by Patriots offense in win over Packers

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The Patriots' defense tightened on Green Bay's next drive. He also contributed from the interior in a big way, rushing there on third downs.

They used him in that spot last week at Buffalo with little success, but on Sunday, Patterson ran the ball 11 times for 61 yards. After failing four times to score and take a lead from Green Bay's 1, the offense had sputtered.

Sunday night in Foxborough, Mass., was the blueprint illustration of that.

Not that he needed it.

In the second matchup between the future Hall of Famers, it was the one with five Super Bowl rings who walked off the field with the victory.

To my surprise, the Patriots were not one of his choices because, he said, they don't have a great defense.

Fifty of the Packers' final 94 yards came on the final two plays of the third, rookie receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling making hard catches of 24 and 26 yards as the Packers advanced to the New England 34.

"Keep him in the pocket".

He hit James White for 37 yards down to the Green Bay 2, setting up White's 1-yard TD run three plays later to give the Patriots the lead for good en route to a 31-17 home win. But then you see that game was between the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins, and that 63 percent increase doesn't seem all too impressive. It's happening at the worst time when we have to play our best.

"Jonesy's had a really nice year for us, so that one play obviously doesn't lose the game", quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "Nobody's out there trying to turn the ball over".

"We improved as a football team the last two weeks, but you have to play your best football coming down the stretch".

It was mundane football from Rodgers before that: 15 passes in the first quarter - his most in a first quarter in the past two seasons - yet the Packers managed just three points.

Rodgers was on target in the first half.

Rodgers struggled under duress.

There wasn't a turnover in the game until Green Bay's Jones was stripped by Lawrence Guy early in the fourth quarter.

Brady completed 16 of his first 22 passes but had six straight incompletions in the third quarter.

The Patriots will travel to Tennessee Sunday afternoon. "But it's plays like that - by all of us, myself included - that have just hindered us from finishing games out". "He's been the gold standard at quarterback for two decades". "He's a great player". His message is falling on deaf ears and at 3-4-1 the Packers are on the wrong side of the standings.

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