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Rob Ninkovich: A-
Save for a couple of isolated plays, the Patriots defense played very well. Ninkovich expanded on that feeling after the game, as reported by the team's official website.
Defensively, going into halftime, I thought we did decent but still were on the field a little bit too long. In the second half there, that one play where they just went one play and scored, you can’t have that. You can’t give up a quick-throw slant for a touchdown. We shouldn’t have done that. We just have to work hard on that and not give those up. But I love the way we fought. That’s situational football right there.
Ninkovich played a big part in the comeback, totaling a sack and a tackle for loss.
Chandler Jones: B-
Jones failed to register a sack for the second week in a row, constantly being pushed and punched—legally for the most part—by All-Pro Joe Thomas. He was able to get in on five tackles in the Patriots improved run defense.
Andre Carter: C
Carter failed to show up on the stat sheet again, but he was able to push the pocket on occasion when Chandler Jones moved inside.
Sealver Siliga: B-
Chris Jones: C+
Joe Vellano: C
If you take away Josh Gordon's reverse and Jason Campbell's scramble, the Browns rushed for only 47 yards on 22 carries. Siliga looked like an improvement over Vellano inside and kept the Patriots linebackers from having to deal with guards at the second level all day.