Highlights and lowlights of Patriots 13-5 seasonBy HOWARD ULMAN , Associated Press
Jan. 20, 2014 8:22 PM ET
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A look at some highlights and lowlights from the Patriots' 13-5 season:
Best Game: The Patriots went to Baltimore where the Ravens were 6-1 and surging toward the playoffs. But New England won 41-7 to stop the Ravens' four-game winning streak in the next to last regular-season game.
Worst Game: New England was dominated by the Broncos 26-16 in the AFC championship game in Denver on Sunday. The 507 yards the Patriots allowed were the most in Bill Belichick's 14 years as their coach.
Best Play: Rookie free agent Kenbrell Thompkins was the training camp surprise at wide receiver. In his sixth game, his leaping catch of Tom Brady's 17-yard pass gave the Patriots a 30-27 win over previously unbeaten New Orleans.
Worst Play: The Patriots had a chance when Nick Folk missed a 56-yard field goal attempt in overtime for the New York Jets. But defensive tackle Chris Jones was penalized for pushing a teammate "into the opponents' formation" and Folk connected from 42 yards for a 30-27 win, one week after the Patriots beat the Saints.
Biggest Surprise: Julian Edelman caught just 69 passes in his other four NFL seasons. And the Patriots didn't re-sign him until well into the free agency period. But he led them with 105 receptions after Wes Welker left as a free agent.
Biggest Disappointment: Tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered season-ending torn ligaments in his right knee in his seventh game back after missing the first six while recovering from surgeries. He had 39 catches for four touchdowns before the knee injury.
What's Next: Deciding which of their potential free agents to keep among Edelman, cornerback Aqib Talib, running back LeGarrette Blount, linebacker Brandon Spikes and center Ryan Wendell.
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