Here we go: Let's get it out of the way right off the bat. I think you can question whether it was a catchable ball on the last play, but you cannot question whether it was a penalty. If it wasn't pass interference, it clearly was holding or illegal contact. That said, the Pats didn't lose because of that play and there was no guarantee the Pats would have gotten a TD if they got the penalty call (especially if it was a holding call). It's hard for me to be negative today. I am never happy after a loss, but I saw this as a Rocky where two evenly matched boxer duked it out for 15 rounds until the end and Apollo Creed won on points. I am actually more encouraged about this team now than I was after some of the eariler wins. We are starting to see this offense come together nicely. There is little shame in this loss and it was just two very good teams slugging it out. Shane Vereen is a big difference maker on offense. Beyond his actual numbers, I think his presence and ability to be a dump off for Brady is big against opposing pass rushes. I always though the loss of a receiving RB (Vereen due to injury, Woodhead) was a bigger loss than Welker. I know they looked really bad at times and are consistently getting killed on this board, but I don't think the o-line played all that bad overall. People forget that the Panthers had Kaepernick on the run all last week and probably would have 9-10 sacks on him if he was mobile. After some struggles early, the o-line did a pretty good job keeping Brady upright. They are still not the o-line from last year, but there was improvement against one of the best d-lines in the league. Yesterday was Talib's worst day as a Patriot. And I was not a huge fan of his play for much of last year. I know Steve Smith isn't a good match up for Talib, but seemed faked out too much. And let's not even get into him losing his composure. That should never happen on the field. He probably should have been ejected after grabbing Smith's face mask in the end zone. The Pats really shot themselves in the foot early. Stupid bush league penalties by Talib and Mankins and Ridley's fumble were far bigger reasons the Pats lost than the non-call at the end of the game. I know people on this board hate Blount, but he has been a solid contributor all year. He will never be a lead RB, but as a rotational RB, he is up there in the league. Harmon did a pretty decent job filling in for Gregory. He certainly wasn't a liability and he made a few very good plays. I know Arrington is getting killed for giving up the last TD, but I also think he had a very good game overall. I think once he re-injured himself, he lost a lot of his mobility. I am very concerns about injuries to the secondary though. The Pats' top three CBs are beat up and one of their starting safeties has a broken thumb. That said, I expect all of them to play on Sunday night. This may have been Brady's best performance in a long time. Too bad it was in a loss. Funny how no one is talking about how age might have caught up to him which was the favorite hot topic in a lot of circles earlier this year. I like the progression of the two rookie WRs. Neither had really stand out games, but their quality of play is improving exponentially now that they are not asked to be primary WR and just compliments to what is starting to be a fairly deep receiving corp when you count Vereen and Gronk. Amendola looks to be getting close to 100%. He is starting to look like the guy the Pats expected when they signed him. I know this looks like a post from a game the Pats won, but I guess I saw a team last night that played in a way that they could have beaten any team in the league (other than a few bad stretches) and they just played a team that played slightly better.