4th Down: Limit special teams blunders
New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski went 1/1 in field goals but again missed an extra point that ultimately could have cost the Patriots the game. Luckily, the defense stepped up from whistle to whistle, and that missed extra point did not come back to haunt the team at the end of the action.
Aside from Gostkowski, that was the only negative aspect to the special teams on Sunday. Jake Bailey continued to be a vital part of the team punting the ball. He averaged 48.1 yards per punt, kicked the ball nine times, and had a game-long of 61 yards on one particular punt.
Also, the coverage on special teams stepped up in a big way Sunday with a blocked punt that led to a New England Patriots touchdown. JC Jackson blocked the punt and Matthew Slater picked up the loose ball for an easy touchdown. It was Slater’s first career touchdown – a remarkable feat, considering the 12-year veteran has been to seven Pro Bowls with New England, and yet he’d previously never scored a touchdown.