FOXBOROUGH — The official stat sheet says Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib didn’t have much of an impact in Sunday’s 30-27 win over the Saints. He didn’t record a tackle or make any big plays, and the only numbers he compiled were one pass defended, and one punt return for minus-11 yards on a trick return that was botched by Julian Edelman.
But anyone who watched the game knows that Talib was downright dominant while matching up against star tight end Jimmy Graham until leaving with a hip injury in the third quarter. Graham, who entered the game with 37 catches, 593 yards, and 6 touchdowns, was completely shut out Sunday, held without a catch (on six targets) for the first time since Week 8 of 2010. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.