The long national nightmare known as Deflategate mercifully reached its conclusion Monday. Tom Brady was allowed to return to work after his month-long exile, and a sense of normalcy began to creep back into Gillette Stadium.
The New England Patriots went 3-1 without their longtime starting quarterback, winning both of backup Jimmy Garoppolo’s starts and splitting third-stringer Jacoby Brissett’s.
As No. 12 prepares to make his triumphant comeback this Sunday afternoon in Cleveland, relegating Garoppolo and Brissett back to the bench, here are 12 things we learned about the Patriots during their four games without him.
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