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Final Grades for the 2012 New England Patriots Season
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Wes Welker grades out as one of the Patriots' best players for the 2012-2013 season.

13 total wins and a spot in the final four in the NFL postseason would be considered a successful year for most teams, but not necessarily for the New England Patriots. Playing for a return trip to the Super Bowl, the road to New Orleans came to an end when they suffered a loss to the Baltimore Ravens, 28-13, in the AFC Championship Game.

Two of the Patriots’ four regular-season losses came against the Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, the two teams playing in Super Bowl XLVII. Defensive concerns marked the Patriots’ early-season struggles, but their ultimate demise was an offense that only managed one touchdown in their final defeat.

As B/R’s Patriots game-day correspondent, I had the duty of grading the full Patriots roster after each game this season on their performance in each individual contest. Now with the season in the books, I take one last cumulative look back at the season, grading each player on whether they exceeded, met or failed to live up to expectations.

Note: This slide show only contains players who were on the Patriots’ 53-man roster for the majority of the season and received significant playing time.

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