FOXBORO — For a team that had turned in standout performances over the better part of the last month, it was not the Patriots' finest hour.

FOXBORO - Look, what you saw on Sunday night was this: A game the Patriots would not have won without a 71-yard kickoff return by an offensive lineman (Gale Sayers Connolly) and a can of corn surefire INT drop by a future Hall of Famer (I'm thinking Charles Woodson might not open up that bed and breakfast in Foxboro



FOXBORO — Tom Brady always looks to offensive linemen such as Dan Connolly to give him time to pick apart defenses and put points on the board. Sunday night, just before the two-minute warning in the first half, Brady watched from the sideline in stunned amazement as the 6-foot-4, 313-pound right guard gave the Patriots quarterback something totally unexpected — great field position.


FOXBORO-- Following his team's 31-27 loss to the Patriots, a frustrated Donald Driver told reporters that the Patriots are certainly "beatable."


"Yes, they are beatable. That was a proven fact tonight," said Driver. "The last two weeks they've been blowing people out and we came in here and gave them a battle. If we don't turn the ball over and if they don't get that big kick-off return before halftime; they're down seven points. If we don't give those up, we win. So, the biggest thing is we beat ourselves once again."

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork found no reason to apologize for his team's 31-27 victory over the Packers. While the game might have been closer than most expected -- particularly given that Green Bay was playing with backup quarterback Mike Flynn, and not Aaron Rodgers -- Wilfork suggested that any efforts to criticize the manner in which the Patriots won the game missed the point.


Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn't happy with his team's performance after they pulled out a 31-27 win over the Packers, Sunday night. After crediting the players for, "playing 60 minutes and fighting through some adversity," Belichick added, "It certainly wasn't one of our better games. Obviously I've got to do a much better job preparing the team. We couldn't handle a lot of the basic things that they did. That was disappointing."


Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, at the conclusion of his team's 31-27 victory over the Green Bay Packers, expressed relief at his team's narrow escape. He suggested that the Packers defense proved a significant challenge, and that on a night when the offense lacked rhythm, the Patriots were lucky to emerge with a win.


FOXBORO -- Aaron Hernandez caught a pair of touchdown passes from Tom Brady and the Patriots held off the feisty Green Bay Packers, 31-27, Sunday night at Gillette Stadium for their sixth straight win. Tully Banta-Cain sacked Matt Flynn as time expired at the Patriots 16. 


Here are ten things worth keeping an eye on in Sunday’s Patriots-Packers game:


The Patriots announced that they have signed cornerback Tony Carter to the active roster from their practice squad. The move comes at a time when rookie cornerback Devin McCourty has been dealing with injured ribs.


Carter was signed to the Patriots' practice squad in Sept., one week after he was cut by the Broncos. Signed by Denver as an undrafted free agent out of Florida State in 2009, he spent most of last year with the Broncos before joining the active roster for the final three games of the season. He appeared in two games and started one.