In the first half of the Saints-Patriots contest Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was held without a catch due to a defensive approach centered on cornerback Aqib Talib.

If the Patriots are going to keep Graham off the board they may have to do it without Talib. Talib limped off the field after a first down play in the third quarter and is being examined by medicall staff on the Patriots sideline. He eventually made his way to the locker room for further evaluation.