New England Patriots vs. Washington Redskins: Live Score, Video and Analysis

Andrew McCluskeyCorrespondent IDecember 11, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 04:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls out the play in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts on December 4, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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This one was a lot closer than expected.

The New England Patriots came in as huge favorites against the Washington Redskins. After a strong defensive start, the Patriots defense reverted back to their normal selves allowing over 300 passing yards and 150 rushing yards.

Tom Brady got off to a rough start as he went in to halftime with a completion percentage under 50%. He picked it up in the second half and finished going 22 for 37 for 357 yards and three touchdowns. 

Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowski continues his dominance with six receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns. He also captures the single season record for receiving touchdowns by a tight end. "Gronk" continues to prove that he is one of the best tight ends in the NFL already.

Redskins rookie running back Roy Helu continues to rumble with 27 carries for 127 yards. This is Helu's third straight game with 100 yards rushing. He is proving to be one of the few bright spots on an otherwise poor Redskins' team. 

Even though it was a close one, a win is a win. The Patriots once again put on display their greatest strength and their greatest flaw. Something needs to be done about that secondary if the Patriots plan on having any kind of postseason success. 

Final Score: Patriots 34, Redskins 27