A look at the positional groupings utilized by the Patriots’ offense against the Giants:
3 WR/1 TE/1 RB – 37 of 68 plays
2 WR/1 TE/1 FB/1 RB – 15 of 68
2 WR/2 TE/1 RB – 7 of 68
1 WR/2 TE/1 FB/1 RB – 7 of 68
3 WR/1 FB/1 RB – 2 of 68
ANALYSIS: The Patriots never went to their spread 4 WR package, which seemed to be a case of them leaving extra players in to pass protect against the Giants pressure. Another factor could have been the return to health of TE Benjamin Watson, who played every snap but two. … In all, the Patriots ran 29 plays with either multiple TEs or a TE/FB combination, another indication of the focus on added help in pass protection and tighter formations, especially in the first half (22 of 37 snaps). … The Patriots’ 22 plays in 2 WR packages were their most since Week 6 against the Cowboys. … If there was one sequence that stands out, it was the back to back long throws from Tom Brady to Randy Moss. The first attempt came out of the 1 WR/2 TE/1 FB/1 RB package, which was perfect for play-action and providing maximum protection to give Brady time to throw the long bomb. The next attempt came out of the 3 WR/1 TE/1 RB package, so there wasn’t as much protection help, and it was a nice effort up front to give Brady the time to step up in the pocket.