7 Keys from Patriots loss to Bengals

The Bengals raced out to an early lead on Christmas Eve afternoon and withstood a late Patriots rally

taking a 22-18 win in Week 16 as New England dips to a 7-8 record on the season.

The Pats were hurt by a slow start that enabled a three-score Bengals lead at halftime,

as it appeared New England suffered an extended hangover after their last-second stunning loss to the Raiders

But with some help from the defense and some big plays by Kendrick Bourne

Marcus Jones and Matthew Judon the Patriots were able to climb back into the game to make it interesting down to the final drive.

New England looked like they were poised to take an upset win,