New England Patriots defeat New York Giants, 17-6

This was more like it. Those shootouts, like the one they survived with Tennessee last week, are OK once in a while, but that isn't Patriots football.

Too, you know, pretty.

Their brand of ball is gritty. Grimy. Not attractive. Just effective. When they aren't a pleasure to watch, as the Giants learned yesterday on a muddy, rainy afternoon at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots can be a pain to play. New England won, 17-6. Had the score been 170-6, it still would have bee...