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Seven lessons as the Patriots fall to 7-8 in 2022.

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New England fell to 7-8 after the Bengals took an early lead on Christmas Eve and held off a late Patriots rally to win 22-18.

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A slow start gave the Bengals a three-score halftime lead, hurting the Pats.

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After losing to the Raiders in the final seconds, New England had a long hangover.

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Mac Jones finished 21-of-33 for 240 yards.

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While Bengals Joe Burrow had 375 yards.

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Three touchdowns, but Burrow added two interceptions that kept New England's hopes alive.

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The first two Bengals drives stymied the Patriots defence.

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After a missed extra point and a Patriots two-point conversion stop.

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The score was 12-0 and not 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.

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First-half Patriots offence had 70 yards.

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0-3 on third down and 8:20 in four drives that ended in punts.

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Compared to the Bengals' 22 points, 7-9 on third down, 303 yards of offence, and 21:26 of possession, the first half was lopsided.

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Despite the late comeback, it was the Patriots' worst loss of 2022.

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