FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- At an initial glance, a look at New England Patriots players whose performance was "up" against the Saints, and those at the opposite end of the spectrum:
Stephen Gostkowski: Kicker converted three field goals, including a 54-yarder, which is a career high. He set the franchise record for most 50-plus-yard field goals, with nine.
Stevan Ridley: Running back returned after missing last Sunday's loss with a knee injury and ran hard (two touchdowns).
Brandon Bolden: Running back dropped a pass on the Patriots' drive after the Saints' scored a go-ahead touchdown.
Offensive play calling in red zone: Three straight running plays inside the red zone, with the Patriots holding a 20-17 lead, left many shaking their head.