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December 17, 2012

Two-minute drill

BIG SHOWS

1. Danny Woodhead – Nearly orchestrated the comeback of the ages. Ran hard. Never gave up. Caught the football. And most importantly, never put it on the turf. You could see early Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen weren’t ready. Shame on the Pats for not making the move to strictly Woodhead earlier. I usually hate that, but in this case, it was all the Pats had. The other two were junk. Woodhead was your only shot. Delivered stability in the backfield with 77 huge yards from scrimmage.

2. Brandon Lloyd – Stepped up when Tom Brady needed a threat. Finished with 10 catches for 190 yards. Drew PI calls, just a huge night.

NO SHOWS

1. Tom Brady – The professional targets in his arsenal are limited, and for a while, it looked like he was the target for laser-guided Niner-missiles. But Brady delivered one of the worst efforts in his pro career to put the Pats in an inescapable hole. Before the score got to 31-3, he was 13 of 25 for 125 yards with two picks. All the late completions can’t hide this misery.

2. Stevan Ridley/Shane Vereen – Did we mention that BJG-E, the guy you two are replacing at halfback, never fumbled as a Patriot? He played in the rain, too. The performance of these two was pathetic. After Ridley coughed up his first, a play that was overturned and called down, he ran like a timid poodle. Vereen attempted to seize the chance but was all too hyped. He forgot that ball security was part of the job.

3. Wes Welker – First catch of the day came at 9:06 of the third. Sure, they bracketed him with a linebacker and a safety, but Welker usually finds a way. Finished with five grabs for 56 yards.

4. Jerod Mayo – Yep, the captain is the first defender to feel the wrath in this drill. Anybody happen to catch the way Pat Willis and NaVorro Bowman pursued the football for the Niners? Mr. Impact disappeared again when it mattered, finishing with five solo tackles and seven assists.

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