Revis revisits long TD pass. The Patriots had closed to 16-14 late in the second quarter when the Packers answered with a 45-yard catch-and-run touchdown by Jordy Nelson with 14 seconds remaining. It was a huge play in the game, and cornerback Darrelle Revis was in coverage. "I felt there was a push-off, but at the same time, I am not going to use that as an excuse," Revis said. "He made a great play. I have a lot of respect for Jordy, Aaron Rodgers and that whole receiver group." Safety Devin McCourty also was in position to bring Nelson down but couldn't, and McCourty said after the game that he has to do a better job getting Nelson to the ground in that situation.
Upbeat after a loss. The general themes among players were it was a football game between two high-level teams, the Patriots competed well, credit should be given to the Packers, and these are the types of games in which one or two plays sway the outcome. Players generally weren't discouraged.
Gronkowski's near-miss. Tight end Rob Gronkowski nearly scored a go-ahead touchdown in the back left-hand corner of the end zone with 3:31 remaining. "Tom just threw it up. It was a fade route," he recounted. "I tried to go up and make a play. I am pretty sure I caught it, but at the last second the defensive back made a nice play and hit it out of my hands. When my number is called, I have to come down with that play."
Ninkovich steps in at snapper. Defensive end Rob Ninkovich played every defensive snap and also filled in for injured long-snapper Danny Aiken. He said he prepared during the week for the possibility that he would be needed. "I work at it a lot. I've done it in the preseason, and at one point, that was my opportunity in the league," he said. "When somebody goes down, and your number is called, you have to be able to go out and perform at a high level. The expectations here are always high. I understood that and knew that was my job to go out there and throw strikes. I think I was able to do that."