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:

WHEN THE PATRIOTS HAVE THE BALL



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.

 

The Packers have ruled out quarterback Aaron Rodgers for Sunday night's game against the Patriots. Rodgers, who had been listed as "doubtful" all week because of a concussion he suffered in last Sunday's loss to the Lions, will step aside as Green Bay goes with backup Matt Flynn. Sunday will mark the first career start for Flynn, who entered the game last week for the Packers after Rodgers' injury. Flynn, an LSU product, has completed 25-of-46 pass attempts for 246 yards and 2 interceptions in 27 career games, all as a backup.

Vic Carucci of NFL.com, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, said that the Packers -- who are likely to feature Matt Flynn instead of Aaron Rodgers as the quarterback -- have little chance of keeping up with the Patriots this weekend. While Green Bay's defense is highly regarded, Carucci did not feel that the Packers had the ability to match the scoring prowess of the Patriots, nor did their defense have the ability to contain New England's extremely efficient offense, which is now predicated on quick, short passes rather than stretching the field.