A look at who’s up and who’s down from the Patriots’ win over the Jaguars
Up Tom Brady – Quarterback takes the high-percentage throws and finishes 26 of 28 for 262 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Laurence Maroney – Running back continues to shine, totaling 122 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown, while adding a big 33-yard catch-and-run to set up the team’s first score.
Run blocking -- Plenty of holes created as the Patriots total 145 yards on 29 carries (5.0 avg.).
Donte’ Stallworth – Receiver delivers the play that ultimately finished off the Jaguars , a 53-yard catch in the fourth quarter.
Ty Warren – Defensive end simply overpowers Jaguars right guard Maurice Williams, creating a strip sack that sets up the Patriots’ second touchdown.
Down Randall Gay – Cornerback starts in place of Ellis Hobbs but seemed to be a step behind in coverage.
Stephen Gostkowski – Kicker misses a 35-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Rodney Harrison – Safety did have an interception, but picks up two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for late hits.
Kickoff return unit – Normally a strength, the unit averages just 18.2 yards per runback as drives began at the 26, 19, 18, 24 and 20 after kickoffs.
Pass defense – Patriots seemed particularly vulnerable – from the pass rush to the coverage. Short passes to the outer edges of the field hurt them most.
SUNDAY PLAN: We'll plan on taking a look at the snaps played by offensive skill position players in the early afternoon. After the Patriots learn their foe in the AFC Championship Game, coach Bill Belichick is scheduled to hold a conference call.