‘‘If the offense doesn’t score,’’ McCourty said, ‘‘and the (opponent) comes back out and they’re trying to punch another one in, that’s the time when someone really has to step up.’’
A week later, Talib did that with his interception for a touchdown. That gave the Patriots the lead for good, 21-14, and they outscored the Colts 38-10 the rest of the way.
It was the start of something big on defense.
In that game and, perhaps, for the rest of the season.
‘‘There’s a lot of, hopefully, room for growth and more consistency and better execution on all levels,’’ Belichick said. ‘‘When you add a new player in there, hopefully that will get better.’’
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