In a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com, Jeremy Lundblad of ESPN's Stats & Information writes on quarterback Tom Brady missing the fourth-quarter magic that was so prevalent early in his career.
With 10 games still to play, New England has already matched the franchise record for losses by less than a field goal in a season (1981).
In all three losses, Brady had the ball in his hands with less than three minutes to go and the chance to either seal the victory or produce a comeback.
It was under these circumstances that Brady emerged as an elite quarterback.
In Brady's first seven seasons as starter, the Patriots went an NFL-best 39-10 in games decided by seven points or fewer.
But since Brady returned from his lost 2008 season, the Patriots are 12-12 in games decided by seven points or fewer. That includes 1-5 in games decided by less than a field goal, tied with the Browns for the most such losses.
In the past 3½ years, the Patriots have more losses by seven points or fewer (12) than they did in Brady's first seven seasons combined (10).
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