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Sometimes 2-2 is a reason to celebrate (see: Jets, New York), other times it’s a potential disaster.

The Patriots fell to .500 on Sunday, falling 33-30 on a last-second field goal against a Panthers team that had scored 45 points combined in their first three games.

“Disappointed, 2-2 is just a record, but just in terms of how we played and what we need to do in order to play better and win,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said on WEEI on Monday morning.

“Hopefully, we can figure out a way to play consistently over an entire game.”

The Patriots just as easily could be 1-3, with Texans safety Corey Moore dropping an interception that would have sealed a Houston Week 3 victory, instead turning into a 36-33 Pats win thanks to some Brady magic.

We’ve been here before. We’ve buried the Patriots before.

In 2014, after getting pummeled 41-14 by the Chiefs on Monday night with Brady playing dreadful, the New England dynasty was declared dead. Brady was washed up. Bill Belichick had lost his magic touch.

That season ended with a Super Bowl.

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Forced to step in at cornerback, second-year player Jonathan Jones, who’d primarily been used as a special teamer to that point in time, stepped up last Sunday in New Orleans.

Jonathan Jones majored in business ad ministration at Auburn Univer sity.

Which is exactly what he was doing at the Mercedes- Benz Superdome last Sunday afternoon – taking care of busi ness.

“It was a good feeling to be out there, be out there with those guys and be able to con tribute on defense,” the Patriots cornerback-special teamer said. “I’d say you have to be pre pared when your name’s called and when it’s your time go out there and not miss a beat and for it to (not) look like the backup’s in because they’re go ing to come at the guys they’re not used to seeing. So you have to be able to step in and make the plays.”

With the groin injury Eric Rowe suffered in the game forcing Jones into some rather extensive duty, the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder was on the field for 27 of the Patriots’ 62 plays on defense (42 percent) and an other 19 on special teams in their 36-20 victory over New Orleans.

Jones had two tackles, but what were easily his two biggest plays in the game were two breakups of Drew Brees passes, one on which he literal ly stripped Ted Ginn of a po tential touchdown reception, the other denying Brandin Coleman on a deep ball.

Those two plays drew a rave review from head coach Bill Belichick, who said “the technique that (Jones) used to finish the play at the final re ception point was excellent, perfect” and called it “textbook technique, what we teach all of our players to do.”

“I think the biggest point is just trying to make an impact in any way you can,” said Jones. “If you’re on the team, whatever they ask you to do be able to do it and do it to the best of your abilities. I think for me, that’s definitely important. A guy that’s undrafted, you get in where you fit in and be able to do more. Bill always says that. The more you can do and just be able to contribute in any way possible.”

While he quickly developed into a key contributor on spe cial teams (eight tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in that phase of the game during the regular sea son; four special teams stops to tie Patrick Chung for the team lead in the playoffs), Jones has had to bide his time on defense (only six tackles and one pass defensed all of last year; he was on the field for just three de fensive plays in the Patriots’ 42-27 season-opening loss to Kansas City this year) since he entered the league as a rookie free agent out of Auburn.

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