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NFL Picks: Brady says Defense Saved the Day

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 09:12

New England Patriots, 37-31, over the Buffalo BillsThe prevailing thought after the victory of the New England Patriots, 37-31, over the Buffalo Bills offense is that the defense saved the day! After beating the Bills enough to cover the betting spread and holes on the other side of the ball.

Just do not tell that to the quarterback, Tom Brady, or wide receiver, Deion Branch, who said after the match that it was the defense that bailed out the offense.

"The defense really saved the day," said Brady. "Certainly we had more opportunities to score more points and we did not. 'Defense made a couple of big plays at the end."

"Thanks to our defense," said Branch. "They did a great job saving us."

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The Patriots' offense gave their defense a good space to work in the game, reaching a 17-3 advantage in the second quarter. In addition, the offense did not lose the ball, making it easier for the defensive evening, and scored four touchdowns in five trips inside the red zone.

However, Branch points to the last march Patriots 'offense, which advanced to the Bills' two-yard line before being pushed back and eventually kicked a field goal of 27 yards. The difference was critical: a touchdown would have become a two-run game, however the Bills had a chance to take the win with a late-game touchdown.

"We put a lot of pressure on our defense to not go out and settle the match. There were a couple of times when we could have away and we did," he said.

His fellow receiver Wes Welker, dropped two passes in the game, one of them said was due to sun glare.

"We left a lot of plays out there that we have to do. I think it starts with me," Welker said, referring to his dropped passes. "We reached the one-yard line, then got arrested and then were punished.

"We did a much more difficult than it had to be."

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