Patriots defense far from absolved from Sunday’s beatdown after ‘embarrassing’ performance

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There weren’t going to be any rousing locker-room speeches delivered on Sunday evening. 

There were no silver linings doled out, nor will a subsequent review of the film unearth any diamonds in the rough on either side of the ball for New England.

Perhaps the most prudent move for all parties involved following Sunday's 33-6 drubbing at the hands of the 49ers is to simply burn said film.

“It's embarrassing," Devin McCourty said following New England's most lopsided home loss in the Bill Belichick era. "That hasn't changed. I think any level of football — You come out here and just get whooped from beginning to end — it's just embarrassing."

For as much as a sordid showing from Cam Newton (9/15, 98 yards, three interceptions) and a listless Patriots offense will capture most of the headlines following Sunday's defeat, New England's defense labored all afternoon against a Niners grouping that entered the contest ranked 20th in the NFL in points (24.7).

Yes, Newton and the Patriots only managed to generate 59 total yards of offense in the first half at Gillette Stadium. Not a winning formula, to say the least.

But you compound that with a defense that relinquished 301 yards of offense during that same stretch? Then you've got a bloodbath on your hands.

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