Rookie cornerback Logan Ryan is emerging as a clutch, dependable player in a depleted Patriots secondary. He made the biggest play of his career to date last night when he intercepted a Peyton Manning pass early in the fourth quarter. Ryan muscled his way in front of the intended receiver Eric Decker and made a great catch going to the ground.

The turnover was pivotal for the Patriots, who got the ball back and took the lead following Ryan's clutch play. This came after another huge forced turnover earlier in the game when Dane Fletcher knocked the ball out of Montee Ball's arms, to be recovered by New England.

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Selected by the Patriots in the third round of the draft in April, Ryan has shown flashes of brilliance in his role on a defense that has been ravaged with injuries. He had a pick-6 against the Jets in week 7, and had a tremendous game against Miami when he recorded two sacks and a forced fumble.

After barely seeing the field last Monday vs. Carolina, Ryan played a key role in limiting the Broncos prolific passing game, and his interception was a turning point in what ended up being an instant classic. If Dennard and Talib's injuries continue to linger, look for Ryan to become a mainstay in this team's defensive backfield.


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