New England Patriots defeat Carolina Panthers, 20-10

Wes Welker was on his back deep in the Patriots’ end of the field, looking up into the December gloom while clutching the ball under his arm.

He had just been knocked down by Panthers defensive back Charles Godfrey, the kind of hit that makes a stadium hush and makes most players wobble away and take a break.

“You’re either going to stay down or get up,’’ Welker said. “Might as well get on up.’’

Welker stumbled when he did, but he stood up. The Patriots, lifeless for...

FOXBOROUGH - Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said last week that he owed it to his teammates to be back at Gillette Stadium preparing for yesterday’s matchup against Carolina.

Less than 24 hours after his second son was born, Brady showed up for team meetings in what would become the most controversial week the team has faced this season, as four players were sent home Wednesday for arriving late.

After losing three of their last four for the first time since 2002, Br...

The Week of Turmoil is over. The Patriots have beaten the Carolina Panthers. All right, then. Is the glass half-full or half-empty?


“Not perfect,’’ said Coach Bill. “But a good, solid effort we can build on here.’’

“Proud of the way we fought today,’’ said Tom Brady. “A hard-fought win. A December win.’’

Kind of makes you wonder what they really think. You think the coach and the QB don’t realize how easily this 20-10 triumph could have gone the other way ...