New England Patriots: Studs and duds vs. Eagles in Week 11

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Stud: Bouncing back in the second half

After falling behind early on in the contest, New England was able to regroup and battle back into the game while narrowing the first-half deficit before stepping back out in front in the third quarter to put the game away for good.

While allowing Philadelphia to score 10 points in the opening half, New England’s defense was shut down for the final two quarters which allowed the Patriots to take the game over against the Eagles. New England outscored Philadelphia 8-0 in the second half to complete the comeback.

Even though the Eagles were able to grab momentum early on in the game and jumped out to an early lead over the Patriots in Week 11, New England’s ability to bounce back in the second half and come away with the win was definitely a bright spot.

Dud: Inability to limit Zach Ertz in the passing game

Zach Ertz, who has so often been a key piece to the Philadelphia offense and within the passing game for the Eagles, was a big bright spot for Philadelphia in Sunday evening’s game against New England. The tight end grabbed a game-best 94 yards on nine catches and 11 overall targets, hauling in a game-long reception of 25 throughout the course of the matchup.

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For the most part, New England did a nice job in limiting what Philadelphia was able to do on the offensive end of the field and within the passing game, but the Patriots’ inability to limit the amount of big yardage plays that Ertz managed to record was something that certainly impacted the game throughout the course of showdown.