It was the Patriots' defense that was supposed to be the team's Achilles heel heading into the postseason. But on Sunday, it was New England's potent offense that couldn't quite seal the deal.
New England's defense gave up some big plays, including a game-winning drive to Eli Manning and the Giants' offense late in the fourth quarter. But had the Patriots' offense put up its customary numbers, New England would be preparing for a parade on Tuesday.
The late-game struggles for the Pats came despite a period in which they looked poised to pull away.
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