NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the New England Patriots by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 2) - Only befitting a rare December loss by Brady was to boyhood team.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 2) - No question about their offense, but defense still has some issues.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 4)
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 3) - Brady's still incredible, but don't know if I trust that defense.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 4) - Amazing comeback in the second half, but no moral victories for Bill Belichick. Suddenly, the Patriots are at risk of losing a first-round bye.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 5) - QB Tom Brady has now lost more home games this season (two) than in his previous three seasons combined (one).
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 5) - Here's what should concern you about your team, New England fans: While it's 9-1 vs. the AFC, it's 1-3 vs. the NFC West. Honest.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 4) - If Tom Brady went against his own DBs every week, he'd throw for 6,000 yards.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 4) - Too many turnovers to overcome against San Francisco even for Tom Brady. The Patriots and Niners may meet again.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 2) - The Patriots made a valiant Tom Brady-led comeback, but it was the 49er's that made a real statement playing physical football resulting in a big-time win at Foxborough. The Pats need Gronk back on offense.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 3) - San Francisco exposed that the Patriots still have significant issues with their pass defense.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 4) - Even in defeat they earned respect because of their incredible ability to come back when trailing.