Patriots vs. Bengals: Best & Worst from New England's win over Cincinnati

Tom E. Curran

After a too-close-for-comfort first half, the Patriots pulled away from the lowly Bengals in the second half thanks to a pair of Stephon Gilmore interceptions to emerge with a 34-13 victory, clinching a playoff berth in the process.

Gilmore, who has a legitimate case for Defensive Player of the Year this season, becomes the first Patriot with multiple pick-sixes in a season since Tedy Bruschi, who accomplished the feat in 2003.

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While Tom Brady and the offense weren't completely able to break out of their struggles, there were some positive signs - specifically N'Keal Harry, who flashed and scored his second touchdown of the season, and the rushing attack, which totaled 175 yards on the ground.

Without further ado, let's get to the Best & Worst from the Patriots' Week 15 win.

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Patriots vs. Bengals: Best & Worst from New England's win over Cincinnati originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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